Postgraduate Studentships

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

SPECIFIC CALL FOR 2016 PhD STUDENTSHIP APPLICATIONS: In 2016 The BSAC gave priority to the following research topics for PhD Studentship grant applications: 1) Diagnostics and 2) Antimicrobial Stewardship. For more information please view the document “Specific Topic Call for 2016 PhD Studentship Applications” on this page.

Usual research areas of interest as follows:

  • Mechanisms of antibacterial action
  • Mechanisms of antibacterial resistance
  • Antiviral resistance
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungals
  • Antibiotic methods
  • Antibiotic prescribing
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Antiparasitics
  • Evidence based medicine / systematic reviews

ELIGIBILITY: BSAC 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 funding for three or fewer studentships. Only applications for named students will be accepted.

The applicant is seen as the Lead Supervisor. Studentships 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. If a student’s degree has not been awarded at the time of application, the applicant must state the grade(s) the student is expected  to achieve.

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.

DURATION OF STUDENTSHIP GRANTS: BSAC studentships are designed to support a PhD Student for up to 4 years in duration.

VALUE OF STUDENTSHIP GRANTS: Up to a maximum of £25,000 per year, for the duration of the grant
BSAC 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS: 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. The triage process assesses the eligibility of all applicants & research topics. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected at the triage stage.
Applications may include: Student stipend, Tuition fees (set by the research institution) and Research consumables directly attributable to the project.

Applicants must complete the application form on this page. The application form must not be altered in any way.

Applications must be submitted as a single document, with pages set in the following order:

  • The completed application form
    • Additional information must be provided and in the order outlined in the application form (Section: Project Details, page 3 of the application form)
  • A signed copy of the BSAC Terms and Conditions form (applicants are advised to read all Terms and Conditions before making an application)
  • Both documents must be submitted via the BSAC online submission system

Applications must comprise:

  • 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 (Lead 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.

  1. Approval from the Head of Department as follows:
    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
  2. A brief CV of the supervisor/s (maximum 2x A4 sides)

Accompanying documents (Student):

  • A record of the student’s academic performance*
  • A full CV of the student, plus a statement of their career intentions
  • Two academic letters of reference supporting the student

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

Please note: BSAC cannot and does not advise on sponsors or host institutes.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The Terms and Conditions for all BSAC Grants and Scholarships are published on the BSAC website.  The applicant and host institute is required to read the terms and conditions before completing any application form. Applicants are required to submit a signed copy of the BSAC Terms and Conditions form, submitting this with their application form.


AWARD DATES: By 31 May following the year of application.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: Subject to availability of funding.

Final reports must be submitted by principal applicants to BSAC. Please use the Report Form at the top of this page. If you have completed any report(s) relating to this grant to your Institute, this can be included along with the completed report form. All reports should be sent via email to:

Reports should include the following information based on your project:

  • A summary of the aims and objectives of the project:
    • broad findings or conclusions (maximum 2x A4 pages)
  • Any publications arising from the project:
    • a list of any publications arising from the research carried out
    • include details of any articles which have been accepted, or are planned for publication within the next 24 months as a result of this award (please provide any definite or provisional publication dates)
  • Any other outputs arising from the project:
    • give details of any other way in which the results of the research has been or will be disseminated i.e. oral and / or poster presentations at conferences
    • give details if the research has led to any additional funding from alternative funding bodies, or if you plan to seek additional funding in the future as a result of BSAC funding received (please provide details of the funding scheme / organisation etc.)
    • give details if any new research tools or methods have been developed, or if you plan to develop any new research tools or methods in the future as a result of BSAC funding received (please provide details of the tool / method with a brief description about this)
    • give details if any commercialisation of IP arising is anticipated as a result of BSAC funding received, either now or in the future
  • A brief evaluation of the strengths and weakness of the research
  • A summary of the actual costs compared to the estimated expenditure in your submitted grant application
  • Any remaining funds in hand must either be returned to the Society immediately or if you wish to continue to draw on these funds for a limited period after the end of the award (no cost extension applies), you should write with details of when and how the money will be used.

CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence, including submission of the final reports, should be sent to The BSAC Grants Secretary at:


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