Kennedy Trust Prize Studentships

The Kennedy Institute is world-famous for its development of biologics for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and currently numbers over 20 scientific Group Leaders. The Institute offers a number of fully-funded "direct-entry" DPhil studentships. Details of projects commencing October 2015 will be available shortly.

About our 4 year DPhil doctoral training programme

  • Funding for 4 years, with awards covering stipend (approx £20,000 per annum), as well as tuition and college fees, and including allowance for laboratory expenses and conference travel
  • Outstanding supervision from academics with world-class reputations, and an excellent management and mentoring programme, together multi-disciplinary research and strategic links with industry
  • Exceptional research facilities in a new state-of-the-art medical research institute, with close links to the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Wellcome Trust funded Structural Genomics Consortium

  • First-rate track-record for thesis submission (100% of students complete and submit their theses within 4 years), with additional measures of training success including publications and successful grant applications
  • Career support and training in core and transferrable skills, to ensure eventual establishment of graduates as independent investigators in national and international research laboratories (over 85% of students who graduated in the last 4 years have progressed to post-doctoral research, clinical posts or healthcare-related work)
  • Students undertake a core curriculum of 20 lectures in the first term of year 1 to provide a solid foundation in musculoskeletal sciences, inflammation, immunology and data analysis

How to apply

It is recommended that you contact the relevant supervisors in the first instance. The studentships are open to UK or EU students who are eligible for home fees. Interested applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class (2i) BSc degree or European equivalent, and will also need to provide evidence of English language competence at time of application.

The University requires candidates to formally apply online and for their referees to submit online references. To access the online application system, please visit

To access the application guide and form, please visit

Applications deadline is 9th Jan 2015. Studentship will commence October 2015.

When completing the online application please read the University Guide and take note of the following:

  • Course Code is 002025 and the Programme description is 'Doctor of Philosophy in Musculoskeletal Sciences'.
  • Under Proposed field and title of research project enter 'Kennedy Trust Prize Studentships Competition'
  • Under Proposed supervisor name enter the project numbers and names of the supervisors whose projects you are applying to (please indicate up to three projects from different supervisors in ranked order)
  • Advertised Reference Code for Kennedy Trust Prize Studentships applications is '2015MSK/KTPS'.
  • If you wish to also apply for other scholarships, you must tick the relevant boxes.
  • For Statement of study plans/Research Proposal please list the three projects from three supervisors that you are interested in (use the reference numbers on the list of projects). You must rank them in order of preference. Be careful not to choose more than one project containing the same supervisor or co-supervisor. A brief personal statement describing research interests may also be included but a detailed research proposal is not needed when applying for Kennedy Trust Prize studentships.
  • A CV should be uploaded which includes your final year school results (A-level, baccalaureate or equivalent) and full details of your prior university studies and research experience.
  • You will need to ensure, in good time, that your three referees are willing and able to write a reference for you. We must receive your references no later than the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that your references are submitted on time.
  • University administration requires a single credit card payment of £50 to accompany your application. Unfortunately no other form of payment is acceptable for online applications.
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates for admission take place mid/late January. Applicants will need to be available at this time and will have an opportunity to visit the laboratories. We can alternatively conduct interviews with overseas students by Skype or phone.

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