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PhD Studentship Launch Event from NC3Rs/Unilever

This spring NC3Rs will be launching a new collaboration with Unilever in the field of non-animal safety assessment. As part of the collaboration Unilever will be co-funding a number of PhD Studentships.

NC3Rs will be holding a launch event to allow potential applicants to find out more about the scheme, network with other researchers and discuss ideas with Unilever and NC3Rs staff.

Registration: Online (the event is free but on a first come first serve basis)

Deadline: 27th Match 2019

Location: Central London

The Studentships will focus on the following areas:

  • Local exposure – microbiome, skin, lung
  • Clearance mechanisms – renal, liver, metabolism
  • Repeat dosing
  • Non-animal models with human focus

For more information about this event please visit the NC3Rs website.

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AHRC – call for academics to propose studentships with Collaborative Doctoral Partnership organisations

The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme enables non-HEI Organisations with a strong track record in the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme, and supporting other doctoral students, to be allocated a cohort of CDA studentships for which they will then be able to nominate projects with academic partners.The intention is to give partners greater autonomy and the ability to develop strong programmes of collaborative PhD study.

Organisations are:

  • British Library
  • Science Museums Group [Includes: Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum York, National Railway Museum Locomotion Shildon, BT Archives, The Royal Society and The Royal Geographical Society]
  • The British Museum
  • Tate
  • National Football Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • V & A
  • Historic England & English Heritage
  • The National Gallery and Bowes Museum
  • Oxford University Museums [includes: Ashmolean,  Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Museum of the History of Science]
  • Thames Museum Consortium  [Includes: National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives]
  • Scottish Heritage Consortium  [Includes: National Museums Scotland, ,National Galleries of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland}

These 12 CDP organisation groups have allocations of studentships to start in the academic years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 and most are now running calls open to university-based researchers who wish to work with partner staff and archives to propose a collaborative project suitable for subsequently advertising as a studentship commencing in 2017.   Each CDP partner uses a slightly different approach with some specifying key topic areas. All have a deadline of 25th November

Details of the CDP scheme, the partners and previous studentships are all available on the programme website:

I have also collated details of the current Calls for proposals from each of the partner websites on a Word document here: summary-of-ahrc-collaborative-doctoral-partnerships-calls-autumn-2016

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Health and Medicine PhD Studentships

We’ve put together a small document detailing the various PhD Studentships offered through UK Health and Medical charities.

Health and Medical Charity PhD Studentships

In most cases, it is stipulated that the application must be made by the supervisor on behalf of the host institution.

For advice or support on anything in this guide, or with applications, please contact Research Development.



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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award – Internal Expression of Interest – 21st May

AHRC 2    Just a quick post to remind everyone of the 21st May deadline for internal Expressions of Interest to the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Award – see Blog post on 17th April.

Also, I’ve made a very slight amendment to the EOI form as I’d missed off the tick box for those responding to the Connected Communities Highlight notice. Please see form here: EOI

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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award 2015 now open! Please note: *****Internal call for Expressions of Interest*****

AHRC 2    Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-HEI organisations and businesses.

These awards provide funded studentships based on  opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside the university environment. The support provided by both a university and non-university supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-HEI sectors. There have been many CDA awards made for collaborations with larger museums and organisations however the AHRC would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.

The current AHRC call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards has a cap of  2 applications per HEI. This year there are also HIGHLIGHT notices in the areas of Design (the role of design in service innovation and social innovation) and Connected Communities. This means that an additional 2 applications (one each for those highlight areas) may be possible.

We therefore need to run an ******internal MMU Expression of Interest Call****** so that we ensure that we are complying with that maximum and are putting forward our strongest applications. This worked well last year and we were delighted to be awarded 2 out of our 3 bids (Prof Jenny Rowley with the Portico Library and Prof Steve Dixon with York Museums Trust).

So, you are considering a bid to this Call you therefore need to submit a short Expression of Interest form by Weds 21st May. Forms should be submitted to me – Germaine Loader, Research Development Manager in RKE at (I can also answer any questions you have about the scheme).  EOIs will then be assessed by a panel likely to include relevant Research Institute Directors  and they will select those to go forward to develop an AHRC application.

The form is here:  EOI

The full Call info is here:

Any queries,  please just ask!





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Biosciences KTN: BBSRC CASE Studentships

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The Biosciences Knowlegde Transfer Network (KTN) has announced ten BBSRC CASE studentships to start in the 2014/15 academic year, which will be allocated to projects in key sectors. The competition scope encompasses any original research project in bioscience relevant to the BBSRC’s strategic priorities. CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentships involve post-graduate students studying for a PhD through research with both an academic institution and a commercial company.

These studentships will be awarded by the Biosciences KTN through a competitive process and projects must fit within the remit of the Food, Industrial Bioscience, Animal Bioscience or Plant & Crops sectors and the BBSRC’s strategic priorities.


  • The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 10th January 2014
  • Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Friday 7th February 2014
  • The student can start anytime in the 2014/15 academic year

Details of the call and the online applcation form can be found here: