The March 2019 deadline has now passed.

The Migraine Trust invites applications from academics for a PhD Studentship Award, to support a three-year studentship commencing in Autumn 2019. 

The award is intended to; support a PhD candidate’s early career in migraine research, enable an institution with experienced migraine researchers to recruit a science graduate to support their research, and expand the existing scientific knowledge of migraine.

We will prioritise applications for research that:

– Advances knowledge of the causes and mechanisms of migraine

– Advances migraine diagnosis, treatment and prevention

– Actively involves the public, especially patients and those around them.

Applicants must provide evidence of public and patient involvement and a clear path for the research to benefit people affected by migraine. We expect study to inform further evidence-based research into the condition and lead to improvements to treatment and prevention in the future.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Information regarding this award will be available on The Migraine Trust website whilst the application period is open, or by contacting us. Please ensure that you read the information for applicants, the application form and our research grant conditions.

Completed applications must be submitted to [email protected] by 9am on Monday 25 March 2019. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your application, we strongly recommend that you telephone The Migraine Trust. It is your responsibility to check before the deadline whether your application has been successfully received. Please telephone 020 3951 0150 (extension 2303), leaving a message if necessary as some of our staff work part-time.

Selection process

Eligible applications will be reviewed by members of our Scientific Research Committee in Spring 2019 in line with our research strategy and conflicts of interest policy. The Committee will provide advice to our Board of Trustees on the merits of applications, with the Trustees making a final decision by 29 April.

We aim to notify applicants of the outcome of their application by 3 May 2019.

To contact us regarding this award, please email [email protected] or call 020 3951 0150 (extension 2303), leaving a message if necessary as some of our staff work part-time. For further information about our research programme, such as our Scientific Research Committee, membership of the AMRC and research we are currently funding, please visit

Entry Requirements

The award is open to suitable UK based research institutes, universities or hospitals seeking to carry out migraine research at a PhD student level. Applications are invited from potential supervisors. Applications from potential students will not be accepted.

Funding Notes

This award is to support a PhD studentship for three years. It includes a student stipend of £17,000 per annum (£19,000 in London), increasing at 3% per annum. The award also allows a maximum of £5,000 per annum for tuition fees at the UK student rate, a maximum of £10,000 per annum to cover bench fees, equipment, materials and consumables, and a maximum of £700 per annum towards travel and conference attendance. The total award is capped at £99,645 (£105,827 in London).

As a charity and member of the AMRC, we can only fund a project’s direct research costs. This award cannot be used to contribute towards institutional overhead costs.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

Monday 25 March 2019

Please see our website for how to apply:
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