Apply for a Doctoral Career Development Award

UKRI BBSRC/EASTBIO Doctoral Career Development Fund Awards

Are you a BBSRC/EASTBIO DTP-funded student who has recently submitted your PhD thesis and looking to start your career? Have you submitted your doctoral thesis on or after the 1st of January 2021? Are you preparing for your next career step through fellowships or by seeking opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborations? Are you keen to build on your research or professional placement and engage in activities that will enable you to explore and/or develop skills relevant to a career in academia, industry or a business environment?

Then we strongly encourage you to apply for a BBSRC/EASTBIO Doctoral Career Development Award this winter!

Closing dates for new applications:

We invite applications by eligible individual with no closing date -- the 3-month project needs to be completed by the end of 2022.


To apply, read carefully the guidance on the Application Form and return the Form to EASTBIO by the closing date. Notification of outcomes by the middle of April 2022. Projects must be completed by the end of December 2022.


General Guidance - How to Apply

EASTBIO DTP has a number of UKRI BBSRC-funded DCDF awards for finishing PhD BBSRC-funded students based in one of the EASTBIO DTP2 partner institutions in support of their career development in 3 areas: (1) developing new lines of research for Fellowship applications; (2) exploring new interdisciplinary research and innovation collaborations and (3) exploring the application of their doctoral research and/or training beyond academia for economic or societal impact in other sectors.

The aim of the DCDF Awards is to enable students to build on their doctoral research, PIPS or CASE placements, or any other training they received on their BBSRC studentship as they are making their first career steps. The awards seek to equip the next generation of bio-scientists with the depth and breadth of skills required to tackle global strategic challenges in academic and industry research and in wider society.

To be eligible to apply, graduating students will have submitted their thesis on or after the 1st of January 2021. Proposed projects/placements to be carried out for a 3-month period within an EASTBIO partner institution or an External Organisation (e.g. your CASE or PIPS provider).

Successful applicants will be employed by the University of Edinburgh on a fixed 3-month contract with appropriate line management and mentorship arrangements. Awards include salary at grade UE6, project costs for travel/consumables or equivalent costs.

Read the DCDF Awards Factsheet carefully before you apply via the EASTBIO Application Form, to be submitted to EASTBIO. Email us if you have any questions about the application process, of if you require support for application development.