There are three stages to the selection process for OOC DTP studentships: i) institutional review, ii) consortium-level review, and iii) confirmation of awards by the OOC DTP Management Board.
Stage 1: Institutional review
The first stage of the selection process will be completed by the university through which you have applied for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP studentship. On the basis of local recruitment and selection procedures, each university will nominate a select number of applicants to be considered by the DTP.
For the standard route competition only, the admitting university will submit a statement of support for each candidate that they nominate. Completed by a member of the department or faculty to which you have applied for doctoral study, this will comprise a 250 word subject-level assessment of the quality and feasibility of your research proposal, in relation to (a) its originality and the current state of the field and (b) its feasibility in the context of the time and resource limitations of AHRC-funded doctoral study.
Stage 2: Consortium-level review
At the second stage of the selection process, your application will be assessed by one of four OOC DTP Studentship Selection Panels, which will comprise senior academics from the Open University and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The Studentship Selection Panel members will review and score applications individually before meeting to discuss and rank the applications.
Assessment by the Studentship Selection Panel members is on the basis of your OOC DTP Application Form, and will be made in reference to the subject-level assessment provided by your university. Panel members will not have access to academic references or any other documents that you might have submitted during your application for admission.
Stage 3: Confirmation of awards
At the final stage of the selection process, the Studentship Selection Panels’ scores will be moderated and combined into two ranked lists by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP Management Board: one list for the standard route studentship applications, another for CDA studentship applications. The Board will then determine the number of awards to be made from each list.