Making Funding Applications
PhD Studentships 2017 - Call Open
The 2017 call for applications for PhD Studentship Awards tenable for four years from September 2018 is now open. Those considering making an application for a PhD Studentship Award should download all the documents needed by selecting from those listed in the panel on the right and should start discussions with the companies which would be involved with the proposed PhD project.
Applications should be for a defined research project and must be submitted by a Scottish University/recognised Research Institution, working 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.
The CLOSING DATE is Tuesday, 11th July 2017 at 12 NOON.
Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.
Applicants for PhD Studentship Awards, tenable for four years from September 2017, have been notified of the outcome of their applications and are in the process of recruting students to the awarded Studentships.
Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships 2017 - Call closed
Applications have now closed for Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Awards, tenable during the summer vacation 2017.
Following peer review & discussion by the Trustees, it is anticipated that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in May 2017. The full list of the 2017 awards will be available once the offers of award have been accepted.
Medical Research Scotland Sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships - Call closed
Up to three of these unique awards are offered by Medical Research Scotland annually.
The latest call for applications is now closed. Applicants should contact the Daphne Jackson Trust regarding progress of their application.
To be eligible for consideration, intending applicants should at least meet the following criteria:
- A career break of at least two years' duration taken for family, caring or health reasons
- A good first degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
- At least 3 years in research prior to career break and/or PhD qualification
- Resident in the UK with the right to remain in the UK indefinitely
- Good command of English (spoken and written)
- Computer skills
The fellow will be paid on the University pay scale between spinal point 29 and spinal point 34. Exact salary will depend on the host institution and the candidate’s experience.
To be considered, please complete the CV and personal details information forms available on the Daphne Jackson Trust website. Please outline your area of research interest and, if you have identified a department within which you would like to work, include the name and contact details of a potential supervisor in that department.
Please email your submission to the Daphne Jackson Trust office and NOT to Medical Research Scotland. You should state clearly that it is a Medical Research Scotland Sponsored Fellowship Application.
[For full details about the Daphne Jackson Trust, these fellowships, the guidance available and all the processes involved, please see its website www.daphnejackson.org, or telephone 01483 689166.].
With the exception of applications for the Medical Research Scotland Daphne Jackson Fellowships (which must be made directly to the Daphne Jackson Trust and not to Medical Research Scotland, see above), all funding applications to Medical Research Scotland must be submitted initially by email and then followed up with one printed, signed hard copy sent by post to the Trust Secretaries.
All the documents necessary to apply for an Undergraduate Vacation Research Scholarship or a PhD Studentship are available for download, by selecting the appropriate links in the panel on the right-hand side, as far ahead of the closing date as feasible. (When valid current application forms are not available, sample versions may be, for the benefit of those considering making an application later.)
The Guidance Notes for each type of award provide more detailed information on submission of applications, but in summary, completed applications should be:
- completed IN FULL; applications with incomplete forms may not be accepted for consideration
- checked to ensure that they do not exceed any specified maximum file size;
- saved as MS Word documents and printed, to enable later incorporation of all the original signatures required;
- sent by email to: email@example.com to arrive before the specified closing date/time;
- printed and a single hard copy, incorporating all the original signatures required (electronic signatures are not acceptable), sent with a covering letter, by signed-for courier, Registered or Guaranteed Delivery mail, to: The Trust Administrator, Medical Research Scotland, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE.
NOTE: The hard copy of the signed application (and copies of any other required documents) should always be sent to arrive NO LATER THAN THE DATE INDICATED IN THE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
- The closing date for applications for the 2017 PhD Studentships, for Studentships commencing in autumn 2018, is Tuesday 11th July 2017.
- The call for applications for the 2017 Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships has now closed. Applications for the next call will open in autumn 2017.
- The call for applications for the 2016 Medical Research Scotland Sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships has closed. Applications for the next call will open in summer 2017.
Rigorous review and selection processes
Medical Research Scotland has always sought to ensure that the individuals and the research it supports are of the most promising and highest quality. Applications for funding are, therefore, subject to rigorous peer review processes involving UK and international experts, as applicable, prior to independent internal scientific review and then discussion at a Trust meeting. The number of awards made in any category is at the discretion of the Trustees, in light of the outcome of all the review processes and mindful of available funds.
PhD Studentships: Funding decisions for these awards are reached following a two-stage process. Applications, detailing a defined research project, are first subject to independent review by the members of an expert peer review panel which incorporates at least one scientific/medical Trustee of Medical Research Scotland. The reports of these individuals are then considered by the panel members in committee and recommendations for funding support made to all the Trustees, who take the final decision. Thereafter, those awarded funding select suitably highly-motivated and qualified students following open advertisement and then interview by a group comprising representatives of the academic institution, the company and Medical Research Scotland. Eligibility criteria for candidates applying for appointment to a Studentship will be tailored to the individual projects, but the Trustees of Medical Research Scotland expect students to have been awarded a minimum of an upper second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject.
PhD Studentship Panel 2017
The names of the Members of the PhD Studentship Panel 2017 will be posted in due course
Daphne Jackson Fellowships: Details of the review and selection processes for these awards are available from the Daphne Jackson Trust website www.daphnejackson.org or office, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; by telephone: 01483 689166. Medical Research Scotland will be represented during the process and its Trustees will take the final decision as to the number of awards made.
Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships: Applications are reviewed separately and independently by the scientific & medical Trustees, with final funding decisions being taken by all the Trustees in committee.