Departmental Prize Studentship Competition - October 2018

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.

Applicants from all countries are eligible full 4 year studentships. The admission, fees and funding of EU students will NOT be adversely affected by the Brexit negotiations. 

The closing date for applications is midday 8th January 2018.  Interviews will be held from 24-26th January 2018.  

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. The studentships are funded through the Medical Research Council,  Oxford EPA Graduate Scholarships, the Clarendon Fund, and Oxford Colleges.

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: path18

Please make a college choice.  Do not submit 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.


Dragana Ahel - Molecular mechanisms of genome stability and cancer

Ivan Ahel - Regulation of genome stability and human disease

Tanmay Bharat Cryo-EM imaging of phase separation in bacterial biofilms

Pedro Carvalho Regulation of nuclear envelope architecture by ubiquitination

Omer Dushek - Control of T cell responses by accessory receptors

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

Ervin Fodor - Influenza virus replication at the molecular level

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

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

David Greaves - Macrophage differentiation in chronic inflammation

Natasha Gromak and Shona Murphy - Unusual DNA/RNA structures in health and disease

Ulrike Gruneberg - Safe-guarding genome integrity during mammalian cell division

William James - Investigating the biology of human tissue macrophages in health and disease

Shona Murphy - The role of the transcriptional cyclin-dependent kinases in transcription and splicing

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

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

Elizabeth Robertson/Elizabeth Bikoff - Transcriptional profiling of maternal uterine tissue during pregnancy

Christoph Tang - Maintenance and regulation of virulence in Shigella

David Vaux - Hyperactive microglia and degeneration in the brain