Frequently asked questions
We’re happy to answer your questions about the DTP, our courses and our activities. Before you send a question, however, please check below to see whether we’ve already answered it for you.
We get a lot of email traffic to our address but will try to respond to your queries as soon as possible. If your question isn’t clarified below, you can reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I meet the residency requirements to apply?
Home, EU and international students are all eligible to apply. However, the total number of international studentships a DTP is able to offer has been capped by UKRI at 30% of the total number of studentships awarded each year, and so studentships for international students will be limited in number and competitive. LISS DTP institutions will fund the difference between the UKRI Home Tuition Fee and International Fee for a limited number of international students and at this stage we cannot guarantee that every international student offered a LISS DTP studentship will receive this funding as part of their studentship.
Contact the Admissions team at the institution to which you have applied if you are uncertain of your tuition fee status. LISS DTP is unable to advise on complex cases and will abide by your institution’s assessment of your status.
What are the academic requirements?
Due to the limited number of studentships available, successful applicants are likely to have:
- a very good first degree (BA or BSc Honours or equivalent) at 1st class standard or upper 2nd with average of 65% or above,
- for +3 awards, an appropriate Masters degree (at distinction or at least high merit level) is expected,
- other qualifications relevant to the proposed area of study, such as professional or work-related expertise, will also be considered.
The following are NOT eligible:
- Students who will have less than 50% of their study time (usually 3 years for a full-time PhD) remaining when they start their LISS-funded studentship. In practice, this means that students in their first year of doctoral study can apply for funding for the second and third years.
- Distance learning programmes .
- Applicants who have already been awarded a PhD or equivalent degree.
Applying for funding
How do I apply for the Open Competition?
Open Competition Studentships: Applications close on Friday 27th January 2022 at 17:00 GMT. Late applications will not be accepted. Please follow the 8- step guide listed on our Open Competition webpage.
How do I apply for the CASE Competition?
CASE Competition Studentships: applicants must apply directly to the supervisor recruiting to the CASE project. All CASE studentships available for 2023 Entry are listed on our CASE studentships webpage, please follow the application details listed for each recruiting project.
CASE Projects are usually advertised from January each year, with recruitment and selection being handled by the supervisor. Each project listing will include details of how the student should apply and you can contact the supervisor directly for further information. Students should be identified by March each year ready to commence study the following October.
How many referees do I need?
For the Open Competition, you must have one reference from a person other than your supervisor who can testify to your potential to undertake doctoral study. The reference should be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com with ‘applicant surname_referee surname_reference’ in the subject line by Open Competition deadline of Friday 27 January, 17:00 GMT.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure references are submitted by the application deadline. The LISS DTP Team will not contact your referee to request their reference. Be sure to start your application before the deadline and contact your referees to let them know we will be requesting a reference from them.
What should my reference cover?
We expect references to at a minimum summarise:
- a applicants’s suitability and preparedness for Doctoral study,
- the capacity in which they know the applicant,
- comments on the applicant’s previous performance and achievements,
- comments on the applicant’s preparedness for doctoral study, and
- the applicant’s predicted or actual degree result if applicable.
What is the deadline for submitting references and any documents requested by LISS DTP for a complete application?
Each LISS DTP application has four parts to be considered a complete application. All elements must be submitted by Friday 27th January, 17:00 GMT:
- An online LISS DTP student application form (either 1+3 or +3). Links to the forms are given in Step 6 here: Open competition – LISS DTP (liss-dtp.ac.uk)
- A supervisor statement. The applicant’s proposed primary supervisor must complete the appropriate (1+3 or +3) online form. A link to the form is given under Step 6 below.
- A copy of your degree transcripts (or interim transcript) should be emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject applicant surname_initial_transcript.
You should request your transcript from the relevant university well in advance as they can take some time to be supplied. If you are unable to supply a final transcript you should include an interim transcript to show your progress to date. If you are applying for a +3 (PhD only) studentship, we would expect to see transcripts for both undergraduate and masters degrees. Degree certificates are not acceptable; we need to receive transcripts with your module names/credits/grades listed on them. If your transcripts are in a language other than English please have them translated.
- A reference from a person other than your supervisor who can testify to your potential to undertake doctoral study should be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com with ‘applicant surname_referee surname_reference’ in the subject line.
All parts must be submitted by the deadline of 27 January 2023, 17:00 GMT. Late applications will not be accepted. We strongly recommend that you consult with your proposed primary supervisor, who will provide a supporting statement for you, before starting the online form and prepare all the materials you need to answer the questions in advance of starting to work on the application form.
When is the deadline for applications?
Please have a look see below the timeline for Open Competition applications. This also provides details on the application stages after your application is submitted. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.
We advise that you do not wait to submit your application until close to the deadline, in case there are problems with uploading documents etc. Applications missing mandatory attachments may not be considered for shortlisting.
Online Briefing Sessions
27/01/2023, 17:00 GMT
LISS DTP Team to confirm Progression of Application to Shortlisting
Shortlisting (all phases)
16/02/2023 – 13/04/2023
07/04/2023 – 10/04/2023
Application Outcomes (by email)
Formal Offer Letters issued
In week commencing 17th April 2023
Can I apply if I have already started my PhD?
Students who have started their PhD and have more than 50% of their study time remaining (usually 3 years for a full-time PhD) when they start their LISS-funded studentship are eligible to apply for the remaining time to be funded. In practice, this means that students in their first year of doctoral study can apply for funding for the second and third years.
I have just finished my Masters and do not have transcripts or certificates yet, what should I do?
Please submit any interim transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org demonstrating progress on your Masters.
How do I know that my application is complete and has been successfully submitted?
The LISS DTP Team will email all applicants by 10th February 2022 to confirm that we have received all elements of your application, and that your application is being progressed for shortlisting. Please do not email to enquire before this date.
I have a question about my fee status, who do I speak to?
Please contact the Admissions team at the institution to which you have applied if you are uncertain of your tuition fee status. LISS DTP is unable to advise on complex cases and will abide by your institution’s assessment of your status. See our ‘Funding Eligibility’ guidance for more information: Apply now – LISS DTP (liss-dtp.ac.uk)
What can I expect after submitting my application?
Please see Step 7 of our application guide for more information.
How do you assess my application?
Please see our application guide for more information.
When will I know if my application for funding has been successful?
All applicants whose application has been progressed for shortlisting will receive an email update on the status of their application by 14th April 2023. We cannot confirm the outcome before this date.
The outcomes are:
- Successful – studentship awarded
- Reserve Candidate
- Unsuccessful – application not successful in being considered for funding.
I have been offered a LISS DTP Studentship, when do I have to accept my offer?
Successful applicants will be asked to accept/decline it by a given deadline (usually within two weeks of the studentship award offer). If a successful candidate fails to respond by the deadline or declines the offer, their award will automatically be transferred to a reserve candidate who is next in line for the award.
We are unable to tell reserve candidates their position on the reserve list.
After accepting a LISS DTP Studentship
I am an EU/EEA/Swiss student. Will I need a Visa?
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and you started living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you could apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
If you’re coming to the UK from 1 January 2021, you’ll need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK.
This guide managed by the Student Visa and International Advice team at King’s College London can help you choose the correct visa for your studies. Please also ensure that you liaise with the team at your host institution.
Can the LISS DTP provide financial support for a visa?
Please note that visa costs are not covered by the LISS DTP and you need to be able to meet those costs through your own funds. Equally, the ESRC grant does not cover costs for COVID tests / hotel quarantine for international students in the same way it does not cover VISA costs – these are part of the cost of relocating to undertake the studentship and you must meet the costs through your own funds.
What if I change my mind about accepting the offer?
We understand that in rare instances circumstances do change and you may wish to decline your offer. If you do so, it is important to do the following:
- Contact the LISS DTP Team as soon as possible
- Contact your supervisor
Can I defer the start date of my studentship?
A LISS DTP studentship will normally start on 1 October. A later starting date may be possible in exceptional circumstances, for example in the case of illness, or if a student needs to give notice to a current employer. Please contact the LISS DTP Team as soon as possible if you would like to discuss a later start date as an option.
As studentship allocations are made for a minimum number of studentships to be funded annually, studentships cannot be deferred a full academic year. Studentships can be deferred to a later date within the academic year, if the student’s supervisor and host department/ course of study approves this.
If a candidate wishes to defer a full academic year, they will need to reapply for the next round of studentship funding. If in those circumstances the funding for the award should come from the following year’s allocation.
I am classified as an international student. How do I apply for a visa?
Please note that the following information would be of interest to potential applicants applying in 2023/24.
All international students (including EU/EEA/Swiss students who do not qualify for Home Fees Status) need to apply for a “Student Visa” to study in the UK. The Student Visa has replaced the Tier 4 visa, as of the 5 October 2020.
When to apply
The Admissions Office of your host institution should contact you from June onwards, and once your offer is unconditional to start the visa process.
Applying from outside the UK
You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Applying from inside the UK
You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks (about 2 months).
Please note that visa costs are not covered by the LISS DTP and you need to be able to meet those costs through your own funds.
- Information about costs associated to a Student Visa applications can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa
- Specific information about extending your Visa from inside the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/extend-your-visa
- Specific information about switching to a Student Visa from another Visa if you are already in the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/switch-to-this-visa
- Additional related costs for the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found at: https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/checker/type
Please note that these figures and the information are subject to frequent changes.
If you have any additional queries you are invited to contact the Admissions Office at your host institution and/or speak with the International Student Advice team (or equivalent) at your host institution.
Can I stay connected with LISS before I start my studies?
Yes! All new students will receive ‘Keep Warm Communications’ from the LISS DTP Central Administration Team from June – September (monthly) before their studentship starts in October. We’ll share updates, actions for you to complete and let you know more about what to expect when you join the LISS DTP. You can also follow our social media channels and get in touch with the team with any enquiries; visit our ‘Contact us’ page.
When is induction?
For October entry, new students will be invited to the LISS DTP Induction by the end of July. We tend to host our induction in the third week of September and our keep warm communications over the summer will confirm the date.
When can I enroll onto LISS training courses for my first year?
LISS DTP will invite all new students to register for courses a couple of days after induction, we will circulate an ‘Autumn Training Announcement’ that will confirm courses running for Autumn and how to book onto these.