How to Apply

The application process for supervisors wishing to submit a project for consideration and advertising in our next recruiting round is now open. The deadline for submission in 30 July. Click the link at the bottom of the page ‘For Supervisors‘ for more details.

The application process for students wishing to apply for a project starting in October 2019 will commence in late September 2018.  The details below refer to the process for the forthcoming studentship application process . More details can be found by clicking on the link ‘For Students’.


Number of Studentships:  Up to 19 studentships will be awarded to the best candidates from the UK or EU (who meet the RCUK residency requirements), to study one of the projects of their choice. In the event of a project being chosen by more than one successful student, then alternative projects may be offered.

Application Process: Further details on how to apply for an ‘offer of funding’ and an ‘offer to study’, plus academic criteria, eligibility requirements and English Language requirements  and time lines for the selection process can be found on the ‘For Students’ tab. 

The GW4 BioMed Management Board will assess candidates on the basis of an anonymised version of the application form, against the following criteria:

  • proven academic quality: normally evidenced by an excellent performance at first degree and/or Master’s level, but may also be demonstrated by a record of relevant professional practice;
  • research potential: evidenced through application responses and supported by performance in research projects at first degree and/or Master’s level, or another form of dedicated preparation for research;
  • personal motivation and commitment: evidenced through application responses, by enthusiasm for the project area, and in relation to career goals.


Background: The GW4 BioMed MRC DTP has awarded  62 studentships over the three intakes from 2016-2018. We will be recruiting our fourth intake of a further 18 studentships in 2019/20 (October 2019 start).

Projects will be advertised across the partnership in a range of disciplines, with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.  The DTP also places a strong emphasis on cross-cutting skills priorities (quantitative skills, interdisciplinary skills and in vivo skills), and may also advertise projects outside these themes. The DTP welcomes students from non-medical backgrounds and can provisionally fund additional training to assist discipline conversion. Most studentships will be 3.5 years full time or up to 7 years part-time, and can be longer where additional training is required.

For more information regarding the application process for students and supervisors, please follow the links below:

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