2018 CDT Exercise

EPSRC is planning to launch a call for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in early 2018, with decisions late 2018 for October 2019 student start. The call details are currently being finalised with oversight from EPSRC advisory boards, including Council, Strategic Advisory Network and Strategic Advisory Teams. Factors such as Priority Area Approaches, Assessment, Leverage and Demand Management Approaches have all been considered. An FAQ page is available and will be developed further during the duration of the call.

CDTs are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for doctoral training. The other routes are the Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Industrial CASE Studentships (ICASE), which together make up more than 50% of our current spend on studentships. These routes continue to meet much of the need for doctoral students in many areas. This call follows a previous exercise, which resulted in 115 CDTs being funded in 2013.

Dual-Stream Approach

It is expected that the call will have a dual-stream approach. One stream will be focussed on the delivery of CDTs with a number of priority areas, and this will be complemented by a second stream of CDTs open to ideas outside of the priority areas. Both types of CDTs will need to demonstrate excellence and all applications will need to make a strong case for a national need for investment in a CDT compared with other routes for doctoral funding. It is not expected that EPSRC will announce the priority areas ahead of the call launch in January 2018.


A two stage process will be followed, with outlines followed by full proposals. The need for the CDT (as opposed to the need for students in the area) will be key.


Cash leverage from universities and partners will be required, however the final decisions on how this will be managed have not been taken at this time. More information will be published once decisions have been finalised.

Contact Details

In the following table, contact information relevant to the page. The first column is for visual reference only. Data is in the right column.

Name: Centres for Doctoral Training
Organisation: EPSRC