Diabetes UK PhD studentship

  • DeadlineDeadline: 31 August
  • London, All EnglandLondon, All England


To enable experienced researchers to recruit outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes-related research. Applications are encouraged from those aspiring to join the next generation of talented researchers interested in continuing a career in diabetes research.

Awards are made to projects that have clear relevance to the aims of our research strategy and provide training in diabetes research within a supportive environment.


  • Applications must be from potential supervisors only. Applications from potential students will not be accepted.
  • Applications must have one lead and one co-supervisor.
  • Applications from junior researchers should include a senior supervisor, with a track record in PhD supervision, on the application.
  • Supervisors will have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary for the lifetime of the grant.
  • The research must take place at an established research institution in the UK

Grant duration and financial support

Awards are provided for three-year studentships. Tuition fees for UK students is provided, as well as a research allowance to cover all materials, consumables, equipment and animal costs. This allowance should not exceed £10,000 per year. Costs associated with travel and conference registration may be requested in addition to this allowance. These must be reasonable and fully justified and will be agreed by the Review Panel.

How to apply
Applications open in March each year and have an annual deadline of 31 August. Decisions are usually made by January the next year. Applicants will be notified as to the success of their application by email.

To apply, please:

  • read the general guidelines for grant applicants and tips for writing a grant application.
  • log on to the Diabetes UK online grants management system
  • complete all sections of the online application form.


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