Value of award
100% of UK/EU fees paid and a tax free stipend (living expenses) at the Research Council UK rate of £14,553 (subject to Research Council UK increase for 2018/19 entry). EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. Some students will be eligible for a fee only award (no stipend). Additional research training support funding is available.
Number of awards
32 studentships across the partnership
Start date and duration
September 2018 for 3.5 years
Application closing date
22 January 2018
Utilising the combined expertise of four world leading institutions, the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership will train the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems facing the population.
The partner institutions (Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield) are core members of the Northern Health Sciences Alliance, which confronts stark North-South disparities in the rates of chronic disease, poor health and early death in a population of >15 million.
Over 60 projects are being offered across the Partnership, 32 of which will be funded via a studentship. The broad themes are:
- genetic influences on health
- ageing and disease
- bioinformatics and personalised medicine
The key outcome of the partnership will be to deliver training in stratified medicine, focussing on the best treatment for every patient.
Newcastle University is offering the following projects (full details are given on the FindaPhD website):
- Revealing the function and antibiotic target potential of the bacterial cytoskeleton by in vivo super-resolution microscopy
- Investigating the impact of alternative splicing on retinal cell structure and function: a multidisciplinary study to uncover new regulators of retinogenesis in health and disease
- microRNAs in ageing and osteoarthritis; a transgenic approach
- Longitudinal study of mitochondrial DNA variant selection enabled by single-cell nanobiopsy
- Identifying pathways regulating pancreatic beta-cell function and survival
- The molecular mechanism of the Clostridium difficile sporulation channel
- Characterisation of a novel Joubert Syndrome (JS) model to accelerate personalised medicine: from patient to a kidney-in-a-dish via iPS cells
- Investigating the role of a novel kinesin molecule, Kif22, in tendon development and disease
- Determining risk for drug-induced complications of anti-complement therapy in PNH
- What fundamental dysregulation of the immune system underpins the development of rheumatoid arthritis?
- Mapping the CDK interactome using Fraglites – a set chemical probes that probe protein interaction sites
- Age-related dysfunction of brain cholinergic tone: implications for neuronal network function and therapeutics
- Membrane targeting antimicrobials as promising resistance-breaking antibiotic candidates
- Cryogenic processing of retinal tissue using computational modelling
Medical Research Council (MRC)
You should be someone with an outstanding academic track record and can demonstrate your potential for the research project of your choice.
You must hold (or be about to obtain) a First or good 2:1 undergraduate honours degree, or a suitable qualification at Master's level, in biosciences or related sciences.
The multidisciplinary training experience and interdisciplinary nature of some of the projects means that we welcome applications from students with physical science and mathematical backgrounds.
These studentships are available to UK/EU applicants only. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements of the MRC.
How to apply
Application information is given on DiMeN's website