University of Greenwich leading the way on international PhD opportunities


University Alliance and their partners today launched a new call for applications for a scheme that will support international researchers to gain doctoral fellowships at some of the country's leading technical and professional universities.


The University of Greenwich is one of eight institutions who are part of the groundbreaking COFUND Doctoral Fellowship programme.

The DTA3/COFUND builds on the Doctoral Training Alliance, which is the largest nationwide multi-partner initiative of its kind.

Run by University Alliance, it builds on the research strengths and industry-focus of its members to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically important areas.

This is the third year the scheme has run and so far, it has enabled over 50 students to study in the UK.

The programme is supported by a €6.5 million grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Fellowship programme.

The programme offers doctoral researchers in the fields of Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy & Social Policy a range of support including:

  • Complete funding for course fees
  • Research costs supported
  •  A salary of over £22,300 per annum 
  • Access to an enhanced skills training programme

The University of Greenwich is looking to recruit a research scholar to undertake the study of an approved project.

The study is 'Effect of Aging on Leishmania infection: Ex vivo analysis of Leishmania infection of human blood', looking at how the aging process affects Leishmania – a disease caused by a parasite which can be caught from the bite of an infected sand fly.

Head of Research and Enterprise Training and DTA Programme lead for Greenwich, Aradhana Mehra, said: "Through our participation in this project we have been able to recruit 3 doctoral scholars during the first two rounds and we are now pleased to welcome applications for round 3.

"As well as employment, the successful applicant will also have access to a wide range of support from the U-university and the wider DTA community. This is a great opportunity to develop skills and prepare for future employment and the project will produce highly-skilled researchers across the country with knowledge and expertise in important research areas."

Professor Debra Humphris, Chair of University Alliance and VC of COFUND member, University of Brighton commented: "The DTA3/COFUND programme is one of a kind and distinct in its offering for students, universities and institutions, and it's fantastic to see it go from strength to strength.

"As the UK's largest multi-institution partnership of its kind, the DTA enables University Alliance members to attract talent from overseas and operate internationally. This unique and leading model for recruiting and training PHD candidates provides valuable resources and support for students, giving them the opportunity to work across a wide network of experts whilst studying at one of the UK's top technical and professional universities.

"As we look to the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit, the Doctoral Training Alliance provides a strategically important resource. The opportunities being created will strengthen the UK research and innovation ecosystem and help us stay competitive. The programme responds to the needs of industry and the challenges facing society, training independent, highly-employable researchers with relevant skills and expertise to thrive in strategically important sectors."

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

Applications close on 14 October 2019.

For more information, and to apply, visit