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Funded research opportunities

Applications are invited for a range of funded research studentships and awards. Studentships cover tuition fees and an annual stipend. They will be advertised here as and when they become available. Please check back regularly.


Available studentships/awards

Find out more about the Maudsley Philosophy Group Award

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Find out more about the 4 Year MRC-Sackler PhD fellowships in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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The objective of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is to select motivated and curiosity-driven students and provide them with outstanding training, tailored flexibly to their individual needs and interests. We will equip them with the intellectual and technical skills that are needed for undertaking cutting-edge biomedical research and complement this with key transferable skills (including public engagement, business development and entrepreneurship) to ensure that they emerge as well-rounded scientists, prepared for their next career stage (whether in research or outside). Our excellent clinical setting will ensure all students benefit from an understanding of the context of medical research, helping develop scientists with a strong translational ethos.

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The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is an immensely successful collaborative partnership offering world-class interdisciplinary research across the breadth of BBSRC scientific remit. In September 2020 LIDo will be offering 27 fully-funded DTP studentships and 14 fully funded Industrial CASE PhD studentships; these include home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend in the region of £17,009. Candidates are welcome to apply for both the DTP route and one or more iCASE projects if they wish. For more information about the programme structure and for a list of the available iCASE projects in 2020 see the website Applications are sought from all highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines. The application window will close on Friday 24th January 2020, early application is essential as both references must also be received by this date. All questions about the programme or the application process should be directed to

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Neuronal activity in circuit development: Mutations in synaptic genes are strongly associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. This project will focus on the role of NMDA receptors, many subunits of which have been implicated in autism and epilepsy.

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A fully funded PhD studentship (tuition fees plus stipend) is available for supporting an outstanding candidate to embark on a project that addresses knowledge gaps in generating evidence for quality improvement in healthcare.

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The project will join one of the world’s leading research laboratories in early psychosis, based in the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

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The student will acquire cutting-edge cell culture, molecular biology and biochemical techniques and receive training in advanced microscopy methods including super-resolution imaging with iSIM and STORM. The project will be based in one of the world’s leading ALS and FTD research centres, the newly built Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

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We regularly advertise details of available studentships here and on Keep an eye on this page to find out what's new. You may also want to take a look at the Centre for Doctoral Studies Funding Database.

Application process for studentships

Applying for a studentship follows a different process than applying for a PhD or MD(Res) course. Therefore please read the advert carefully to ensure you apply to the correct department and with correct funding code.

It is likely that you will have to make an online application but the project approval form may have already been completed by the supervisors. If this is the case, then if successful, all you will need to do is to sign the project approval form, to confirm you are happy with the project. Otherwise, you will work with the supervisors to complete the project form.

A project approval form has to be completed in all cases as the project has to be approved as suitable for a PhD and feasible in the time allowed. 

Should you have any queries about the PhD studentship application process, please contact the Postgraduate Research Administrator by emailing

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