Departmental Prize Studentships



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

The funding available to EU applicants wanting to start in 2019/20 will not be affected by Brexit. 

Applications can now be made for the next intake (entry in October 2019) with a closing date for applications of 11th January 2019.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place from 23-25th January 2019.

The funding covers the entire cost of fees,  research and travel costs of up to £5,300 pa,  and includes a tax-free stipend of ~£16,777 pa for four years. The studentships are funded through various sources including 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.

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.

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

  • Transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date

    A research 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: path19

If you are choosing two supervisors/projects, please put both projects/names in the appropriate text boxes on the application form.

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

Alberto Baena Lopez - Investigating the non-apoptotic roles of caspases in stem cells

Tanmay Bharat  Cryo-electron microscopy and tomography of bacterial biofilms

Pedro Carvalho  Mechanisms of protein quality control in mammalian cells

Omer Dushek Control of T cell responses by accessory receptors

Fumiko Esashi - ­Homologous recombination: when, where and how does it act?

Ervin Fodor - Innate immune responses to influenza virus infection

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 biology in inflammation

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

Ulrike Gruneberg Mechanisms safe-guarding genome integrity during cell division

Monika Gullerova RNA dependent DNA damage response

William James - Regulation of the antiviral and neuroinflammatory states of human tissue macrophages

Susan Lea - Structural studies of proteins related to infection and immune responses

Shona Murphy The role of the RNA Polymerase II CTD kinases in regulation of transcription, RNA processing and the cell cycle.

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 - Eomes-dependent transcriptional networks directing cell fate specification in the embryo

Quentin Sattentau - Function of a novel ‘eat-me’ signal on HIV-1-infected and dying cells

Christoph Tang - Maintenance and regulation of virulence in Shigella

David Vaux - A nuclear envelope regulator of ageing