PhD Studentships

PLEASE NOTE: BSAC is in the process of implementing an online solution for managing all grant applications.  This system will be available for access during the month of September 2016. In the meantime applicants can refer to the following PhD Studentship Application form with regard to the type & level of information BSAC requires from applicants.

Purpose: The PhD studentship scheme is designed to ensure a flow of first-class students into the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy, providing students with an excellent training in research

Next submission deadline:  1 November 2016 (for award May 2017)

Entry requirement: PhD Studentships are open to applicants on a worldwide basis and are awarded to students who have (or are expected to obtain) a 1st class or high upper 2nd class degree; or a Master’s degree with merit or distinction. BSAC considers applications for research training leading to a PhD / DPhil, or equivalent post graduate research degree qualification (eg. MD/DM, DDS/DMD, PharmD, DNurs). International students are eligible if approved by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland University / College.

Eligibility: BSAC PhD Studentships are open to applicants on a worldwide/international basis. Applications must be made by an established investigator who will be the supervisor, and who has previously received three or fewer studentships. Only applications for named students will be accepted.

Duration of grant: BSAC studentships are designed to support a PhD Student for up to 4 years in duration

Value of grant: Up to a maximum of £25,000 per year, for the duration of the grant

BSAC PhD studentships are funded to a maximum value of £25,000 per year, covering fees for a maximum of 4 years in duration.  Non EU applicants will need to ensure their host institution is able to support any additional costs outside of this £25,000 award i.e. any additional funds required outside of the value of this grant will need to be sought elsewhere.

Number of awards: Subject to availability of funding

Application process:  PhD Studentship applications are all subject to a stringent three-step review process as follows: 1) an initial triage process, 2) an external peer review process; and 3) a final review by the BSAC Grants Committee

Award may include:

  • Student stipend
  • Tuition fees (set by the research institution)
  • Research consumables, directly attributable to the project

How to apply:
Applications must be submitted via the BSAC online Grants Submission System

Completed application comprising:

  • Student, names of two supervisors and institution details
  • Detailed research proposal
  • Statement detailing the scientific techniques for which the student will receive training
  • Budget detailing annual costs (stipend, tuition fees, consumables)
  • Training record for each named supervisor

Accompanying documents from the applicant (Supervisor)

All applicants must provide evidence that 1) the research project has been approved by the Head of Department/Institute, and 2) the student meets all registration requirements of the host institute to successfully carry out the research project.

  • Supporting documentation from the Head of Department/Institute should include:

a) a letter stating the department/institute supports the research project & student
b) a statement confirming the student meets all registration requirements of the host institute to successfully carry out the research project 

  • Brief CV of the supervisor(s). Maximum 2x A4 sides

Accompanying documents (Student)

  • Record of candidate’s academic performance*
  • Full CV of the candidate and statement of career intentions
  • Two academic letters of reference

*For non-UK university degrees: evidence from Graduate Office that degree held conforms to 2.1 degree or higher

Award dates: By 31 May following the year of application

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