Application process for funded PhD studentships

Please find below the key information about the Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in AMR Research studentship award, eligibility criteria, and the selection process.

The 2019-20 application round is open  

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Medical Research Foundation PhD studentships available for entry in Autumn 2019

Applications are invited for 12 fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships available to commence in September/October 2019. These are co-funded by the Medical Research Foundation and the university hosting the studentship.  

The 12 PhD studentships are available for excellent candidates interested in researching the problem of AMR in a cross-disciplinary manner, with backgrounds in either the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, biomedical, clinical and veterinary sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Twelve UKRI-funded interdisciplinary AMR research consortia are hosting the 2019-20 PhD studentships offered under this Programme.

These are led by 1) the University of Bristol (2 studentships); 2) University of Dundee; 3) University of Exeter (2 consortia/2 studentships); 4) Imperial College London; 5) University of Leeds; 6) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2 consortia co-funding 1 studentship); 7) University of Nottingham; 8) Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford (2 consortia/2 studentships); and 9) University of Warwick. 

Key benefits of the Medical Research Foundation National AMR PhD Training Programme in AMR and value of the award

  • All PhD projects will be based within interdisciplinary research consortia funded by the UKRI Cross-Council AMR Initiative.
  • PhD students will be fully funded for 4-years at the MRC stipend ‘plus’ rate; £17,000 in 2019-20 increasing to £18,500 in Year 4, (tax free), research costs and a flexible travel allowance.
  • Annual tuition fees (and Oxford college fees, as appropriate) at the Home/EU rate. 
  • All students will have access to enhanced training opportunities including residential skills and training courses, cohort-building activities, and annual conferences. All are designed to expose students to a range of discipline-specific languages and interdisciplinary research skills, which are essential for enabling them to thrive as multidisciplinary AMR researchers.
  • PhD students will undertake a fully-funded 3-month interdisciplinary AMR research project allowing them to work outside of their primary research area or an elective placement in industry, publishing, media, policy development or in AMR-relevant charities and organisations.
  • All Medical Research Foundation-funded PhD students are part of a wider cohort of 150 PhD students from across the UK who are also studying AMR. The cohort has access to a bespoke, innovative online learning environment, which facilitates peer-to-peer networking, question setting and mentoring and an opportunity to meet all members at annual conferences. 


Applicants must ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements of the institution they are applying to. Please check the relevant university’s postgraduate admissions website. Please also check our FAQs page for answers to any other questions you may have.

Please apply directly to the institute offering the studentship using the weblink provided in the project description. Please direct informal enquiries about research projects to the supervisor (email addresses can be found in the project description or via the link to the supervisor’s website). For all assistance with admission processes, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at the relevant institution. For any other queries, please contact the Programme's manager at

Application deadline

Sunday 31st March 2019 

Selection process

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by an academic panel from the AMR consortium hosting the project(s) you have applied for.  

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