Flexibility to support the very best students


For the majority of EPSRC funding for doctoral training, the eligibility requirements in the terms and conditions of training grants apply. UKRI has provided flexibility regarding these eligibility requirements, to attract the very best international students to train with leading research teams in the UK, to increase our global presence and influence.

There is typically strong competition within universities to make use of this flexibility. If you want to apply for a doctoral studentship and want to know whether the flexibility might be available for you, you must contact the university that is advertising the studentship. There is no route for prospective students to apply to EPSRC for a studentship.

The flexibility regarding eligibility for up to 30% of the new students starting in cohort will apply to all EPSRC training grant schemes.

All training grant holders have been provided with guidance on how the 30% cap applies to the EPSRC schemes.

Framework for Implementation

The full policy is available here: Implementation guidance for training grant holders.

To ensure effective monitoring, the institution will be required to identify and report these international students back to EPSRC through the Je-S Student Details as ‘International Doctoral Scholars (IDS) Grant’ by selecting:

  • Council: ‘EPSRC’
  • Document type: ‘Studentship Details’
  • Scheme: ’EPSRC International Doctoral Scholars- (IDS) Grant’.

The relevant DTG / CDT / ICASE training grant must be linked to the student record. The guidance available in Je-S system and from the Je-S helpdesk provides further information. ICASE Voucher Numbers: Please note that if you select the Scheme (Category) “EPSRC International Doctoral Scholars - IDS Grant”, you are not required to indicate the Voucher Number within the Studentship Details document.