The 2023 PhD call for proposals has now closed. The call for 2024 PhD proposals will open mid-July 2023.
In response to the announcement from UKRI that they are increasing the national minimum stipend by 10%, from the previously assumed 2.9% for all students from 1 October 2022, Diamond has adjusted the financial commitments it is making to funding for the 2023 cohort. Diamond is committed to paying an enhanced stipend to PhD students to ensure that we remain competitive and our new funding model reflects this.
We appreciate that this may mean that supervisors need extra time to have letters of support from Research Organisations and/or Third Parties issued, therefore we have extended the deadline for the call by a week.
Please read the updated 2023 Diamond Doctoral Studentship Programme Call Information document for your reference.
The call for 2023 is now closed.
|*NEW* Wednesday 21 September 2022||Diamond call for proposals - closes 5pm (BST)|
|Mid-October 2022||Longlist review panel meeting|
|November 2022||Review panel interviews with Diamond supervisors|
|Early December 2022||Supervisors notified of outcome|
|October 2023||New PhD candidates start|
Before you start -
Please have a read through the 2023 Diamond Call Document and familiarise yourself with the Guidance for Supervisors available below.
2023 Call Document - Updated
Two-party proposal: For Studentships between Diamond (with 50% contribution) and a Research Organisation (with 50% contribution).
Two-party: Financial contributions - Updated
Diamond Two-Party Standard Studentship Agreement - Updated
Multi-party proposal: For Studentships between Diamond (typically with 25% contribution) and multiple Research Organisations.
Multi-Party: Financial contributions Diamond - Updated
Three-Party Standard Studentship Agreement - Updated
Joint Diamond-ISIS proposals:
While the ISIS doctoral call for proposals is still closing on Wednesday 14th September all joint Diamond/ISIS proposals will be accepted until Wednesday 21st September in line with the Diamond call for proposals close date.
We particularly welcome joint applications to Diamond and ISIS and expect to fund up to 2 joint Diamond-ISIS Studentships for those joint applications which meet the application criteria. Proposals seeking joint Diamond and ISIS supervisors should be submitted to the Diamond call for Studentships only.
The request for joint Diamond and ISIS supervision must be indicated on the application form and in the case for support. For Diamond-ISIS proposals, supervisors will be able to submit a maximum 3-page Science Case in support of the studentship. This must include why the project has been submitted as a joint proposal, half a page detailing the X-ray aspects of the project and half a page detailing the neutron aspects of the project.
Diamond-ISIS Financial Contributions - Updated
Diamond-ISIS proposals assume the 'Multi-Party: Financial contributions' and a 'Diamond-ISIS Three-Party Standard Studentship Agreement' - the template agreement can be downloaded below. Letters of support from the ISIS contracts and finance team are not required as part of the online proposal form as Diamond and ISIS have already pre-agreed these aspects of the studentship.
Diamond-ISIS Three Party Standard Studentship Agreement - Updated
Funding for the Diamond-ISIS Studentships is expected to be 1/4:1/4:1/2 Diamond:ISIS:Research Organisation (1/3:1/3:1/3 funding ratio is also possible).
The call for 2023 has now closed.
Checklist of items for the online proposal form
Guidelines for what is required in the Letters of Support is here:
Supporting Documentation Requirements
Supporting Requirements -
Diamond’s funding contribution is provided on the following conditions:
That the Research Organisation(s) (and third party in the event of a 3-Way project) agrees to sign Diamond’s 2023 Studentship Agreement with minimal changes;
A Letter of Support is provided from the Research Organisation’s head of legal/research services who will ultimately be responsible for negotiating any minimal changes to Diamond’s 2023 Studentship Agreement. This Letter of Support must also include the contact details (name, address and email address) for Legal Notices for the Research Organisation
(PLEASE NOTE: a letter from the head of the Research Organisation is insufficient for this requirement as they will not be involved in the contract negotiation);
In the event of three parties, the third party will also need to provide a Letter of Support with the same details as set out above.
The Research Organisation (and third party in the event of a 3-Way project) agrees to match all areas of funding including the enhanced stipend, travel and conference attendance; plus the balance of the tuition fees;
A Letter of Support is provided from the Research Organisation’s budget holder who is directly responsible for funding this specific project, which must include the information set out below.
In the event of three parties, the third party will also need to provide a Letter of Support with the same details as set out below.
In order for your proposal to progress to the next stage all above conditions must be met. If the Research Organisation is unable to commit to any of the above conditions, or if at any time throughout the process it becomes clear that these conditions are not being met, Diamond shall have the right to withdraw its funding and shall proceed to its reserve list.
In response to the announcement from UKRI that they are increasing the national minimum stipend by 10%, from the previously assumed 2.9% for all students from 1 October 2022, Diamond has adjusted the financial commitments it is making to funding for the 2023 cohort. All figures (unless otherwise stated) have now been updated to reflect these changes.
Diamond will contribute an amount of up to £58,067 for each approved Studentship in the 2023/2024 cohort. This contribution will be made up as follows:
Diamond will part-fund the Student stipend, which is enhanced to attract the best students to apply and in recognition of the rural location of the facility. The rates of Diamond’s contribution and the resulting stipend are dependant on the length of the studentship and the number of collaborating partners. The standard funding models are here:
Two-party: Financial contributions - Updated
Multi-Party: Financial contributions - Updated
Diamond-ISIS Financial contributions - Updated
Collaborating Research Organisation(s) must match or exceed Diamond’s contribution to the Student stipend to ensure that the student receives an enhanced stipend.
Diamond will part-fund student fees, contributing a fixed amount of £2,500 per year and with collaborating Research Organisation(s) contributing the balance of the student fees. In the event that less than £2,500 per year is payable for student fees, Diamond shall pay the full student fees.
3. Travel and accommodation
Diamond will contribute a fixed amount of £1,000 per year towards travel and accommodation costs incurred by the Student in carrying out the Studentship. To the extent that additional contributions towards travel and/or accommodation costs are incurred, these must be contributed by the collaborating Research Organisation(s) and not by the Student.
4. Conference Attendance
Diamond will contribute a fixed amount of £500 per year towards conference attendance costs incurred by the Student in carrying out the Studentship. To the extent that the costs of conference attendance exceed £500 per year, these must be contributed by the collaborating Research Organisation(s) and not by the Student.
If you require assistance in completing the proposal form or if you have any questions related to it, please contact Diamond’s Student Engagement Manager.
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