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Scenario is re-opening applications for up to 6 fully-funded studentships for Autumn 2023 entry

 *** Update for Applicants (23/05/23)

Scenario is re-advertising up to 6 fully funded studentships for Autumn 2023 start. Due to funding conditions, this funding is restricted to applicants who are eligible to register as UK home fees status students.

There are two routes for applicants:

  • Project-led: apply for up to 4 Scenario projects per applicant. See our webpage Projects For 2023 Entry for more details and the list of available projects.
  • Scenario Scholarships for Home students from Black, Asian or Minoritized Ethnic Backgrounds: Our aim is to improve ethnic diversity within the Scenario DTP and we are committed to supporting students from Black, Asian, or Minoritized Ethnic (BAME) communities that are currently under-represented.  We will award up to 1 Scholarship in this round. See our webpage Scenario Scholarships for BAME Home Candidates  for more information.

The information below applies to both routes.

Key dates 

Application Deadline: Friday 23rd June, 2023.

We aim to let you know whether you will be invited to interview within a week of the closing date.

If you are invited to interview, you will be contacted to arrange a convenient date and time.  If you have applied for more than one project and/or the Scenario BAME Scholarship, you will be contacted separately for each.

Interviews take place: 3-7 July 2023, although there is some flexibility for interviews to take place slightly earlier or later.

Most interviews will take place online.

The Scenario Selection Board will meet in the week beginning 10 July and we will let you know the outcome of the interviews as soon as possible. The acceptance deadline is Tuesday 1 August.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please email

Scenario Studentships

Our studentships cover both fees and stipend – a tax-free maintenance grant which will be £18,622 (full time equivalent for) 2023-24. You will also receive a Research Training and Support budget to cover costs such as conferences, workshops and equipment.

It is possible to study for a Scenario PhD on a part-time basis.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We aim to increase the number of applications we receive from under-represented groups. To help reduce unconscious bias, applications will be anonymised before they are reviewed by potential supervisors.  Please read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement for more information before you apply.

Eligibility based on Academic Performance and/or Relevant Previous Experience

1st or upper 2nd class degree is required in a subject appropriate to the PhD projects applied for (see the project description for more info). Candidates with a lower class of Bachelors degree, but a good performance at the Masters level (“merit” or above) will also be considered.

We will also consider candidates with different academic paths but with experience acquired from a research position, or equivalent, that is relevant to the topic of the PhD project.

Many applicants will still be studying for their undergraduate or Masters degree, so it is fine to provide a projected or target grade for your current degree course – offers are then generally made conditional on the class of the degree actually achieved.

Funding Eligibility

Funding for PhD studentships from NERC is only available to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria set out in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) harmonized training grant terms and conditions – see here for more information.

UKRI sets an upper limit on the number of international applicants we can fund each year. Scenario has already reached this limit for Autumn 2023 intake  and so cannot accept any further applications from international students this year.

Information about whether you qualify as a Home or International student can be found EU and international eligibility for UKRI studentships.

Scenario funding is not open to students who have already started their PhD research.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for one of these placements, please apply on our online applications portal – Good Grants

You’ll find a step-by-step guide to the application process in these Application Flow Charts:

Scenario DTP Project Applications 2023 – Process Flow

Scenario DTP BAME Scholarship 2023 – Process Flow

We aim to let you know the outcome of your application shortly after the closure date.  To help reduce unconscious bias, applications are anonymised before being assessed.

For more information please contact:

Your feedback

To help us improve our applications process, please complete this Feedback Form  This will also be sent to your email after submitting your application successfully. Your feedback is really important and will not be used as part of the application process.