How to Apply

Projects for an October 2018 start are now available on our Available Projects page. The process for applying will be similar to last year in terms of the selection criteria against which students will be assessed. Students will be able to apply for three projects. 

Applications will open on Monday 25th September and close at 5.00pm on Friday 24th November. The application form can be found here

Note: Please don’t that the online server for the application form is currently down for maintenance for 48 hours. Please revisit this page on Friday 6th October 2017 to submit your application.


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.

All applicants will be informed of the shortlisting outcome by the 19th December 2017.


Background: The GW4 BioMed MRC DTP is awarding up to 55 studentships over a three year period. Projects are being advertised across the partnership in a range of disciplines, with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health. Up to 19 will be awarded in 2018/9 (October 2018 start). 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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