The deadline has now passed. The call for 2019 PhD Studentships applications will open in Spring 2019 This entry will be updated as soon as possible.

MRS PhD Studentships provide funding for four year doctoral training programmes to be delivered by Scottish Universities or Research Institutions working in collaboration with industry. The awards, with their combination of academic, industrial and commercial experiences, give students excellent opportunities for their future careers.

Applications must be for a defined research project addressing a question of relevance to human health or disease. It must provide an academically stimulating PhD project as well as commercial experience. The student will undertake the PhD training programme offered by the Administering Institution (the University or Research Institution) – complemented by commercial training delivered by the collaborating company. MRS also provides a programme of career development and presentation events: the MRS Researcher Development Events (formerly called the MRS Commercial Training Programme).

Up to 15 four year PhD Studentships are available each year. The awards provide a generous student stipend, doctoral programme fees at EU/UK level, consumables, a travel allowance and contributions to open access publication costs. Details of the current value of the awards will be posted soon!

Administering Institution researchers and collaborating companies should develop the project together. MRS is not involved in matching universities and companies.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Administering Institution must be a recognised Scottish University or Research Institution in which the student will be matriculated and which will award the PhD degree.

There is no geographical requirement or restriction for the Company but it must be registered as a company in its place of origin.

There is no requirement or restriction on the subject or nature of the research, provided it addresses a question relevant to human health – the causation, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness or the development of medical or surgical appliances, including hearing aids.

At least three supervisors are required per Studentship, these being a Principal and Second Supervisor from the Administering Institution and a Company Supervisor.

A Principal Supervisor can only hold one active MRS PhD Studentship, though they can apply as Principal Supervisor for a subsequent PhD Studentship to commence after the completion date of their current one. A Supervisor can be second supervisor on one or more PhD Studentships.

The Company is expected to make a valuable and meaningful contribution to the proposed research project, the specific nature of which will depend on the proposed project, but must be more than provision of commercially available reagents. It must provide a commercial training programme and offer experience of working in industry for the student. It is anticipated that the commercial training will be delivered at an operational base of the Company, though the extent of placements at, and remote interactions with, the company should be tailored to the nature of the project and collaboration. The arrangement should be to maximise the benefit to the student and project.

The Company must provide the following financial contribution to the Studentship.

  • An annual cash contribution of £2,5000, paid to the Administering Institution, to top up the student stipend provided by MRS;
  • Additional laboratory costs that may be required over and above the consumables allowance provided by MRS;
  • Essential travel and accommodation expenses, including expenses incurred in connection with commercial training placements at and visits to the Company’s location(s).


Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Applications should be for a defined research project, by a Scottish University/recognised Research Institution, together with a trading company involved in medically-relevant life sciences research, and NOT by prospective students. See the PhD FAQ for answers to our most frequently-asked questions about these awards.

Please see the website for application forms.

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