Call for applications for Brain Research UK PhD studentships

We are currently calling for applications from prospective PhD students proposing to carry out research in one of our three priority research areas: acquired brain and spinal cord injury; neuro-oncology; and headache and facial pain. 

Through our studentship scheme, we aim to enable outstanding graduates to gain the necessary skills and training to set them on course for the development of an independent career in research related to one of these current priority areas. 

Since the scheme began in 1994, we have supported dozens of PhD students, carrying out vital research in different areas of neurology and neuroscience. We originally supported students undertaking the prestigious four-year PhD in Clinical Neurosciences at UCL Institute of Neurology. Following the broadening of our remit in 2016, the scheme was opened up to candidates from other institutions. 

The research leaders of the future

Through our studentship scheme, we are not only funding research in the here and now, but we are investing in the future careers of outstanding scientists and clinicians working in our research priority areas, areas that we have identified as under-resourced areas of large unmet patient need. In this way we are nurturing the research leaders of the future and building research capacity in these key areas of research. 

The first two studentships, awarded in 2017, went to Dr Emer O’Connor at UCL Institute of Neurology, who is focusing on the genetics of cluster headache, and Richard Baugh at the University of Oxford, who is working on the development of new treatments for the brain tumour glioblastoma.

And in 2018, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to fund three new studentships. Rhiannon Barrow is undertaking her PhD at the University of Leeds, focusing on treatment resistance in the brain tumour glioblastoma; Oakley Morgan is at University College London, investigating the mechanisms by which stress causes headache and facial pain; and Franziska Mueller is at Imperial College London, focusing on mechanisms of repair following spinal cord injury.  

Emer O'Connor - PhD student - Cluster headaches


Applying for a PhD studentship
The deadline for applications under this year's call is 8am on Friday 23rd November 2018. 

Full details of how to apply are available here: PhD studentship call 2018.