Applications are now closed 
(deadline was 31st March 2019)


Medical Research Foundation PhD studentships starting in Autumn 2019

Thirteen fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships will commence in September/October 2019. These are co-funded by the Medical Research Foundation and the university hosting the studentship.  

The UKRI-funded interdisciplinary AMR research consortia hosting the 2019-20 PhD studentships 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 Newcastle; 
8) University of Nottingham; 
9) Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford (2 consortia/2 studentships); and 
10) 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