How to apply

Project Submission: The application process for supervisors wishing to submit a project for October 2019 studentships has now closed. The project submission process for 2020 will open in early summer 2019 and will likely follow the 2019 process outlined in the ‘Information for Project Supervisors’ tab below.

Studentship Applications: Applications for studentships for our 2019/20 intake have now closed. The below information refers to the 2019/20 recruitment round. 


The GW4 BioMed MRC DTP has already awarded 62 studentships over the three intakes from 2016-2018. We are now recruiting our fourth intake of a further 18 studentships for 2019/20 (October 2019 start), and recruiting for our fifth intake of a further 18 studentships for an October 20 will start the year after.

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  and can be longer where additional training is required. We also offer part-time studentships up to 7 years in length.

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.



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