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LIDo is now CLOSED for applications to join the programme in 2021.

This 4-year programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. We invite applications from highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

Candidates can choose to join the programme via either the DTP route of entry or directly to an iCASE project. It is also possible to express an interest in both routes of entry. 





Apply for DTP Route

Students who join the programme via the DTP route will undertake two 4-month rotations in their first year before choosing their final PhD project. These rotations will be in two different LIDo partner institutions to benefit from the broad rich research environment offered by this exceptional consortium. 

LIDo makes a call for new DTP projects after we have recruited our students. This means there are approximately 3 months in the Spring when our offer holders are able to work with potential supervisors on submitting a project proposal to the programme. During this time LIDo provides support to students to help understand what makes a strong LIDo DTP project, what exactly is BBSRC remit and how projects can display interdisciplinarity. The full DTP project portfolio of at least 200 projects in available by the end of July each year.

LIDo is now for CLOSED for DTP applications. 


Apply for iCASE Route

Students who join the programme via the iCASE route do not undertake rotations in their first year and instead begin directly on their named industrial collaborative project from the start of the programme. During the 4-years of study iCASE students will spend between 3-18 months on placement with their industry partner.


LIDo is now CLOSED for iCASE applications.


What does the application entail?

LIDo is currently CLOSED for new applications to join the programme. The information below is relevant for students who have already submitted an application to the programme. 


To apply to the LIDo programme you need to make an account on this website and complete an online application form. 

To begin the application form, you will need to enter some personal details and the contact information for two referees. Please do not wait to do this as it is important to give your referees plenty of time to respond. References must be received by our closing date.

If you would like to see the different sections of the application form in advance you can see our useful overview here. 

All applications will be reviewed and scored by LIDo academics across the consortium after the closing date of 22nd January, this is our shortlisting period and it will conclude on 15th February at which point all candidates will be contacted with an update on their application.

Interviews will be held on 23rd, 24th and 25th February via Zoom. If you are invited to interview you will need to complete a UCL application form. Interviews will be with a panel of 3 LIDo academics, presentations will not be required. 

DTP offers are made directly after interviews.

If you are applying for an iCASE project, and you are successful at the first interview, you will be invited to interview with the project supervisors.

If you are applying for both DTP route of entry and specific iCASE projects you will be allowed to hold a DTP offer until completion of the iCASE recruitment. If you are offered both routes of entry you can choose which to accept.

If you have any further questions regarding the recruitment process please contact the programme.


Criteria for Entry

Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Applicants must be confident using computers and show some evidence of numeracy (minimum GCSE mathematics or statistics or an equivalent or alternatively a university degree module with a good grade).

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme. The required evidence may be one of the following:

  • Substantial education or work experience conducted in English
  • A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. Our preferred English language qualification is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version and we require candidates to achieve the level of "GOOD".
  • Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Candidates who are unsure if they meet the entry criteria should contact the programme prior to submitting an application.

Criteria for Funding

LIDo offers 41 BBSRC studentships each year across our DTP and iCASE routes of entry.

The UKRI has updated its eligibility criteria to confirm that international students will be eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

All UKRI-funded PhD students will be eligible for the full award - both the stipend to support living costs, and fees at research organisations UK rate, however, UKRI funding will not cover international fees set by universities. More information about the changes to EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships from Academic Year 2021/22 onwards can be found here.

LIDo has a limited number of studentships available that cover full international fees and these are based at the consortium partner King’s College London for iCASE and DTP routes of entry. We also accept applications from international students with complementary funding in place to cover the difference between home and overseas fee rates.

In addition to our BBSRC studentships, the LIDo consortium partners contribute a number of institutionally funded DTP places on the programme each year. These awards pay Home tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the same UKRI rate but they do restrict students to rotations and PhD projects based at the institution that is providing the funding. 


International Students

Overseas students are welcome to submit an application to the LIDo programme but UKRI studentships do not cover international fees.

LIDo has a limited number of studentships available that cover full international fees and these are based at the consortium partner King’s College London for iCASE and DTP routes of entry. We also accept applications from international students with complementary funding in place to cover the difference between home and overseas fee rates.

We are also very pleased to accept applications from students who are self-funding or in receipt of alternative scholarships. Please contact the programme if you wish to discuss these options.


Do you have questions about the application process that you can't find the answer to? Need some advice or just want to talk about the LIDo programme? Click here to book a 1-2-1 meeting with the DTP Manager. 

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