Departmental Prize Studentship Competition - CLOSED


Every year the Department offers fully funded, four year studentships to work with one of the Group Leaders at the Dunn School. In contrast to many other four year PhD studentships, successful applicants can start in their supervisor's laboratory immediately and so have a full four years to work on their main research project. This increases your productivity and enhances your subsequent career.  Individuals of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

These awards will not be affected by the Brexit vote and its consequences.

The studentships are also advertised on with a closing date for applications of midday 6th January 2017.  Interviews will be held from 25-27th January 2017.  

The studentships are funded through the Medical Research Council, the EP Abraham Research Fund, the Clarendon Fund,  and Oxford Colleges.

The funding covers the entire cost of University and College fees,  research and travel costs of up to £5,300 pa,  and includes a tax-free stipend of ~£16,500 pa for four years.

A list of available supervisors and their projects is shown below.  Applicants can select up to two supervisors/projects. We do advise students to make two choices if possible.  It is not necessary to make contact with a supervisor before submitting an application, although you may do so if you wish.

All applications will need to be made ONLINE. The documents you will be asked to submit with your application include:

  • A personal statement of up to 500 words, including an explanation of your choices of project(s)/supervisor(s)

  • CV/résumé (including your final school year results - A level or equivalent)

  • Contact details of three academic referees

  • Official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date

  • A project proposal is not required

The details required for completing the applications include: Course name DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology in Health and Disease; Course Code RD_PA2; Mode of Study Full time; Department Pathology; Advertised reference code: path17

Please make a college choice rather than submitting an open college application - we have close links with Lincoln and St Edmund Hall.  If you want any advice please contact us.

What is the minimum academic standard required?

What level of proficiency in English is required?

If English is not your first language you will be required to supply test certificates stating that your proficiency in English achieves a minimum score. Full details of the test certificates accepted and the score level required can be found in the Application Guide. Please note that this Department requires the standard level score. You do not need to have met this requirement in order to submit an application, but you will be required to meet it before you can be accepted. Candidates for whom English is not their first language but who are fluent in English, can apply for exemption from this requirement. Exemption may be given if the candidate has been educated at an English-medium University for at least three years and shows clear evidence of fluency at interview and in written work.  The waiver request must be made at the time of application.


Dr Dragana Ahel - Chromatin modulators and genome stability

Dr Ivan Ahel - Regulation of genome stability and human disease

Dr Tanmay Bharat - Cryo-EM imaging of bacterial biofilm formation

Professor Pedro Carvalho  Regulation of nuclear envelope architecture by ubiquitination

Dr Omer Dushek - Signalling pathways in T cell activation

Dr Fumiko Esashi - How is homologous recombination regulated in time and space?

Professor Ervin Fodor - Influenza virus replication at the molecular level

Professor Matthew Freeman - Rhomboid-like proteins and the cell biology of signalling

Dr Eva Gluenz - Host-parasite interactions: the role of the Leishmania flagellum in infection

Professor David Greaves - Studying the role of macrophage metabolite receptors in diabetes and inflammation

Dr Ulrike Gruneberg - Regulation of the spindle assembly checkpoint during mammalian cell division

Professor William James - Using gene editing in human induced pluripotent cells to investigate the role of resident macrophages in HIV-1 infection and Parkinson’s disease

see also

Professor Kevin Maloy - Regulation of intestinal T cell homeostasis by autophagy

Dr Conrad Nieduszynski - Determining the mechanisms that regulate DNA replication and minimise genome instability

Professor Jordan Raff - A molecular analysis of centrioles, centrosomes and cilia

Professor Elizabeth Robertson/Professor Elizabeth Bikoff - Developmentally regulated expression of the T-box transcription factor Eomes

Professor Quentin Sattentau - The molecular mechanism of oxidation triggered immune disease

Professor Anton van der Merwe and Dr Marion H. Brown - Modulation of T cell activation by the non-catalytic tyrosine-phosphorylated receptors (NTRs) CD5 and CD6

Professor David Vaux -Understanding the mammalian nucleoplasmic reticulum