MRC studentships


Minimum amounts for studentship stipends and allowances

The following are the minimum amounts a studentship will provide each year for a stipend and allowances for students supported by a full PhD award. Research organisations will determine exactly how much support they provide.

Minimum stipend and fee

Find information on rates of stipend and fee for MRC-funded studentships.

Research training and support grant (RTSG)

Contribution towards consumable costs of training research students.

All MRC PhD studentships should be allocated a minimum £5,000 MRC-funded RTSG per year. Exceptionally, the research organisation may allocate a lower MRC-funded RTSG, where £5,000 per year is in excess of individual project requirements (for example “dry-lab” based projects or where consumable funds have been drawn from external sources where possible). Research organisations are required to keep a record of such exceptional cases, which MRC may request for monitoring purposes. MRC units and institutes should award a minimum of £1,000 RTSG per student.

Travel and conference allowance

Contribution of £300 to the costs of attending scientific conferences, workshops or visits to collaborators.

iCASE studentships

For industrial CASE studentships, the industrial company is expected to make a financial contribution to the cost of the studentship. Read more about converting MRC DTP studentships into iCASE studentships.

Last updated: 20 February 2024

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