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NIHR Leeds BRC Non-clinical PhD Scholarship


Key facts

Thursday 1 February 2024
Funding start date
Tuesday 1 October 2024
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
External organisation
School of Medicine
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Who are we? The National Institute for Health and Care Research Leeds Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Leeds BRC) is a 20Million pound infrastructure award to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in partnership with the Universities of Leeds and York. The NIHR Leeds BRC has been funded to address the urgent clinical challenges of an ageing population and the reality that patients do not live with just one disease but multiple conditions. Working across 6 research themes and produced in collaboration with our patients, it capitalises on today&#039;s technologies: advances in our ability to identify disease early; detecting changes in the human body as a result of disease; applying technology therapeutically; using computers to perform tasks traditionally requiring humans such as using images to increase the accuracy of diagnosing. These will improve patient outcome and quality of care.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>The NIHR Leeds BRC vision is to improve health and wellbeing by accelerating diagnosis, enabling early treatment this is personalised for each patient and, where possible, prevent disease and infection.</p> <p>The six BRC inter-related themes are:</p> <ul> <li>Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection</li> <li>Cardiometabolic Disease</li> <li>Haematology</li> <li>Musculoskeletal Disease</li> <li>Pathology and&nbsp;</li> <li>Surgical Technologies</li> </ul> <p>The University of Leeds is providing generous matched funding, supplementing the NIHR Leeds BRC award, to allow us to appoint up to 4 non-clinical PhD Fellows who can select from 22 BRC related projects. Each PhD will be registered at the University of Leeds and we welcome applications from individuals, irrespective of their background, who can evidence great potential and commitment.</p> <p>The&nbsp;scholarship will provide academic&nbsp;fees at the UK rate, as well as a&nbsp;stipend of &pound;18,622 (based on the 2023/24 stipend rate, pro-rata for part time study) for up to three years (full time study, five years part time) and is available for&nbsp;UK applicants&nbsp;only. Due to limited funding we can only consider applicants eligible to pay academic fees at the UK fee rate.</p> <p><strong>To support the application process or if you want to know more about our non-clinical PhDs a recording of our recent webinar can be found at:</strong></p> <p><a aria-label="Link" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p>with a copy of the slides used at <a aria-label="Link" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><em>To explore any project further, we would encourage you to contact the lead supervisor, particularly if you decide to apply for a specific project. Their contact details can be found in the project links below.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>To apply for this scholarship opportunity applicants should complete an <a href="">online application form</a> and attach the following documentation to support their application.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Three supporting statements detailing your previous achievements, why you wish to study for a PhD and your experience of using evidence to inform conclusions.&nbsp;These will be used by our shortlisting panel (without any other information you submit) to select candidates for interview. Please<strong> <a href="">download</a></strong><a href=""> a copy of the template for these statements here</a> and upload it with your application.</li> <li>a full Narrative CV using the <a href=";wdLOR=c146CB828-59A6-4C09-ABA5-05B1BDE31ED7">NIHR Leeds BRC template</a> &ndash;&nbsp;Please note other versions of CV&rsquo;s will not be accepted.</li> <li>degree certificate and transcripts of marks at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level as appropriate, or marks so far if still studying</li> <li>Evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (if applicable)</li> <li>An <a href="">Equality, Diversity and Inclusion questionnaire.</a> We encourage candidates to complete this form so that we can understand our progress in recruiting under-represented groups. It is important to note that all responses are anonymous and data would only ever be used in aggregate to avoid identification of individuals. The questionnaire includes a &lsquo;prefer not to say&rsquo; option against each question if required. The information you provide on this questionnaire will not be used in the shortlisting process.</li> </ul> <p>To help us identify that you are applying for this scholarship project please ensure you provide the following information on your application form;</p> <ul> <li>Select PhD in Medicine as your programme of study</li> <li>Give the full project title and name the supervisors listed in this advert &ndash;&nbsp;Please note you can apply for up to 2 projects. Please list these in order of preference on your applocation form.</li> <li>For source of funding please state you are applying for an NIHR Leeds BRC Non-Clinical Scholarship</li> </ul> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. &nbsp;Within the Faculty of Medicine and Health we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. A Masters degree is desirable but not essential.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Faculty Admissions Team<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>,&nbsp;</p>

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