To qualify for a DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship opportunity, applicants must
Host universities are able to provide Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for a Tier 2 visa to successful recruits who do not have the right to work in the UK. However, the CoS can only be issued to successful candidates who can be classified as a ‘New Entrant’ in line with the following requirements:
(NOTE! Candidates currently holding a Tier 4 visa because they are currently studying in the UK must comply also with the MSCA mobility rule).
Host universities are unable to provide a CoS for a Tier 2 visa to successful candidates who are not classified as New Entrants, as the gross salary of £22,300 does not meet the threshold for an ‘Experienced Worker’. The role is for an Early-Stage Researcher therefore the pay reflects the expectation that the recruit will be in the early stages of their career. For further information in relation to the rates of pay for New Entrants please see the Home Office guidance.
Successful candidates may be able to self-secure a visa that permits them to work in the UK, examples of these include:
NOTE Successful candidates will be requested to proactively research, determine and evidence (in accordance with UKVI guidance) whether they meet the eligibility criteria for self-secured visas. The candidates will need to make the relevant applications themselves, without a CoS from the host institution.
Further guidance can be sourced from UK Visas and Immigration.
For full details of requirements see the DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship job description and person specification.
All participating universities have a commitment to equality and diversity and welcome applications from under-represented groups. In addition, all participating universities are ‘Disability Confident’ or equivalent employers.