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PhD scholarship scheme

Deadline: 16:00 on 19 September 2018
Contact: Shereen Sabbah & Julie Marsden at

A limited number of our prestigious PhD scholarships are available to encourage the best graduates to embark on a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

Who should apply?

Scholarships are awarded annually, by open competition, for projects that have clear relevance to our aims and provide training in research in a multidisciplinary environment. Applications should be made by the proposed supervisor at an eligible institute and may include a named student (see below). Proposals may also be submitted for collaborative studentships by institutions with an industrial sponsor/supervisor. Due to funding regulations applicants must be based in the UK.

Please note – following a review of these schemes it is now no longer a requirement to submit an application with a named student. Applicants can apply with projects alone, with student recruitment to be carried out at a later date. We would still recommend that where possible a named student is associated with the application, and those without named students at this stage will be asked to submit relevant information (CV and supporting statements) when the student is appointed.

What does the scholarship offer?

Arthritis Research UK will provide up to 4 years of support for these redeveloped scholarships. Applicants can apply for one of two models of funding:

  • 1+3-year model will allow for the completion of a relevant MRes/MSc in year 1, followed by 3 years of PhD funding. Stipend and tuition fees will be paid for the four years; consumables will be paid for years 2–4 only
  • 3+1-year model will provide 3 years of PhD funding (stipend, fees and consumables) with the option of applying for supplemental funding for year 4 if required.

The funding model requested should be outlined in the relevant section of the application form, with information on any proposed MRes/MSc course, where applicable. These scholarships provide a generous tax-free incremental stipend, UK tuition fees, improved running costs of £10,000 per year (capped at £7,500 in year 4 of a 3+1 model) and a travel grant for conference attendance. We will not pay overseas tuition fees.

How are they funded?

These scholarships are awarded by the Fellowship Funding Panel. Since the number of awards is limited, geographic/numerical limitations may apply to the number of studentships held by a single department. Applications should be made through Grant Tracker.

Please refer to the PhD scholarship scheme form guidance. (PDF 320.5 KB)

Submissions after 16:00 will not be accepted.

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