Research Funding Opportunities

Funding Type Detail Open to Elegibility Deadline
Studentship NC3Rs

PhD studentships: These studentships are provided to outstanding students from medical, biological or veterinary research. They allow students to gain a solid introduction to research that aims to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in science. award: it is run annually with up to twelve awards, with a value of £30k (non-FEC) per annum for three years, available each year.

Researcher (UK based researchers with a minimum of five years postdoctoral experience) UK (Industrial and overseas researchers cannot be primary Investigators but can be included as collaborators or project partners) 19 May 2017
Studentship Parkinson's UK

The studentships support outstanding students undertaking research into Parkinson’s at higher education institutions in the UK. Students receive a stipend of £16,000 per year, or £17,000 per year if in London, full PhD tuition fees and a contribution of up to £10,000 per year towards research costs.

Supervisor UK 3rd July 2017
Grant Spinal Research

Nathalie Rose Barr PhD studentship- This enables UK institutions to develop talented, highly motivated young scientists in the field of spinal cord repair, in both clinical and basic science research environments. Support lasts for three years and covers university fees, a stipend and funds for consumables, travel costs and IT equipment.

Supervisor UK Open all year
Studentship Medical Research Council

Industrial CASE studentship - These aim to provide doctoral students with research training experience by facilitating collaborations with academic and partner organisations in the private, public and civil society sectors. Between 30 and 35 studentships, each lasting three to four years, may be funded.

Supervisor UK 17th July 2017
Studentship Alzheimer's Research UK

This supports a full PhD programme that addresses Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Applications must be submitted by individual or joint supervisors on behalf of students. The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic or research institution, however researchers or institutions abroad may be included in the application. If the lead applicant does not hold a tenure appointment, the application must include a co-supervisor who does. The scholarship includes a stipend of up to £16,000 per year, coverage of tuition fees and up to £15,000 for research and travel costs.

Supervisor UK (The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK) 4th October 2017
Studentship BBSRC Industrial case studentships (ICP)

The ICP awards studentships to industrial partners with established track records in collaborative doctoral training with BBSRC. Duration: 4 Year long studentships Once the project has been issued grant by the BBSRC, the industry can advertise prospective students for the studentship award. Beginning of studentship: 1 October (of the academic year for which they allocated). The studentship covers: A maintenance stipend, Fees, Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), and Conference and UK fieldwork expenses ( roughly between 24,000-30,000 GBP)

Supervisor UK Before September
Studentship EPSRC

They offer block grants to particular universities via Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) or Industrial CASE (ICASE). The universities then decide the students who get awarded. Eligibility: resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

University (Universities based in UK) UK, and 10% international students Not specified
Studentship Action on Hearing Loss

Projects should be designed with the aim of bringing tangible new benefits closer for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have tinnitus. Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

  • improving diagnosis of hearing loss or tinnitus;
  • improving medical devices for hearing;
  • towards treatment to protect hearing;
  • advancing treatments to restore hearing;
  • silencing tinnitus.

Supervisors and students must be based at recognised British universities or research institutes. Applications should be submitted by the proposed supervisor. Studentships are worth up to £75,000 outside London over three years to cover a stipend, university fees, a conference and training allowance, and consumables.

Supervisors UK (Students and supervisors must be based at a recognised UK university or research institute) 2018
Studentship British Heart Foundation

MBPhD studentship that enables medical students to complete a PhD in cardiovascular science before completion of their medical degree. Studentships last two to three years according to the university's scheme. They cover a stipend, tuition fees and costs for research consumables, usually less than £10,000 per year. Restricted to UK institutions that have recognised MBPhD programmes.

Supervisors UK Open all year
Studentship Multiple Sclerosis Society

These encourage science graduates to embark on research careers in MS. Studentships are worth up to £114,789 over three years.

Student (for Daphne Jackson fellowship) UK April 2018
Studentship Crohn's in Childhood Research Association

These enable candidates to undertake PhD research related to children with inflammatory bowel disease. Studentships are tenable for three years, and provide a stipend and fees which are worth the appropriate institutional and UK rates. An additional small discretionary grant for consumables equal to the current Research Council grants rate is also available.

Supervisor UK October 2017
Studentship The British Skin Foundation

Studentship Award - This enables a research institution based in the UK or Republic of Ireland to fund dermatological research at PhD level. Applicants currently holding a BSF large grant as leads may not apply. The award is worth £85,000 over three years, however the duration may be extended in exceptional circumstances. Maximum award: £85,000

Supervisor UK 25th August 2017
Travel Grant Travel grants for students - England

Grant overs some travel expenses if you normally live in England and: - - you’re a medical or dental student studying abroad or attending a clinical placement in the UK. The travel grant does not have to be paid back.

  • you’re studying abroad as part of your course, or on an Erasmus study or Erasmus work placement;
  • you’re a medical or dental student studying abroad or attending a clinical placement in the UK The travel grant does not have to be paid back.;
Student UK Open all year
Studentship Breast Cancer Now

PhD studentships are for established researchers in the UK and Ireland who have a strong track record in their field, and have previous experience in supervising PhD students.

Supervisor UK, Ireland 30th June 2017

CASE studentships - collaborative/industrial placements Before allocating a CASE studentship award it is imperative that you ensure that the nonacademic partner (e.g. industry) is eligible. Further information on eligibility can be found in the Studentship Handbook. UK-based organisations can be considered as the non-academic partner if they can provide students with distinctive research training and experience not available in an academic setting. These organisations may include Charities, Trusts and Levy Bodies.

BBSRC now stipulates a placement period of a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 18 months. The required placement period can be accrued through a number of shorter placements, if appropriate. CASE studentships (formerly known as 'Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering') are collaborative training grants that provide students with a first-rate challenging research training experience, allowing top quality bioscience graduates to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations. In addition, to experience of an industrial research environment, the student should receive business-related training, for example, in project-management, business strategy and/or finance.

Supervisor UK (for full award), others (for fee-only award) Not specified
Studentship British Heart Foundation

Non-Clinical studentship - These enable graduates to acquire foundation training in research in order to proceed to a PhD degree at a university in the UK.

Supervisor Residency requirements no longer apply Open all year
Grant Breast Cancer Campaign

These encourage new and highly qualified science graduates in the UK and Ireland to enter into a career of breast cancer research.

Supervisor UK and Ireland Not specified
Studentship Arthritis Research UK

These are awarded to university departments for projects that have clear relevance to the aims of Arthritis Research UK and provide training in research in a multidisciplinary environment. Studentships are awarded for up to four years and provide a stipend, UK tuition fees, a travel grant for conference attendance and coverage of running costs up to a maximum of £10,000 per year. Students may also apply for a travel bursary to another institute, preferably abroad.



UK 20th September 2017