for Clinical and Non-clinical Fellows
funded by the Wolfson Foundation and Eisai
- Content and Structure
This is a four year programme consisting of taught courses and lab rotations in the first year, followed by the PhD research project in years two-four. The taught courses include:
1. Statistics and data analysis
2. Library and database usage
3. MSc modules, as required. (See MSc Dementia for examples)
During the first year, students will also conduct three 12 week research projects at three different laboratories. Research projects will be divided into three broad themes:
1. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration. Projects in this theme will equip students with a broad understanding of the methods used and the important questions to be addressed in understanding disease mechanisms
2. Biomarkers. This theme will address the techniques, methods and the potential of biomarker discovery and development in detecting the early onset of NDD
3. First in Human Studies. This theme focuses on translating research initiatives from the lab bench to human subjects and is closely linked to the other two themes
In each of the 12 week rotations, students will be expected to participate fully in the activities of the laboratories in which they are based, in order to gain an undertanding of the practical research skills and knowledge in which that lab is expert.
The experience and knowledge gained through the taught courses and lab rotations will help students to identify their supervisor(s) and PhD project of interest, which they will then follow for the remaining three years of the programme. It is anticipated that students will have a large input into the development of interdiscplinary research projects, combining the projects undertaken during their lab rotations to develop new and innovative ideas.
In addition to the range of projects offered within UCL, there will be opportunities for students to take advantage of our close links with Eisai, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical research companies. Students will be able to engage in rotation projects and develop their PhD studies within their laboratories.
- Eligibility and Funding
Non-clinical PhD Programme
This programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research in neurodegeneration. Applications are invited from students whose first degree is in a biological, physical or chemical discipline.
You should have, or expect, a UK honours degree (minimum 2:1) or international equivalent, in biological, chemical or physical sciences. The UCL English Language proficiency requirement must have already been met at the time of application.
Studentships cover UK/EU tuition fees and pay a generous tax-free stipend, starting at £22,278 in the first year (as of 2014 rates) [see Wellcome Trust funding rates for full details]. Students are also given an allowance of £4k for travel and £36k for project consumables.
Applications from overseas students will be considered; however, you must provide evidence that you are able to cover the difference in tuition fees.
- How to Apply
Application is made by submitting a CV and personal statement. Your personal statement should be no longer than 2 sides of A4. Your application should be emailed to email@example.com. Word documents or PDF files will be accepted. We require two files clearly labelled: SURNAME, CV and SURNAME, PERSONAL STATEMENT. No other documents will be accepted.
What should I include in my CV?
Undergraduate and/or Master's degrees, including results or expected results
Any relevant work experience
Any relevant voluntary research/clinical experience
Academic publications, conference presentations or posters
Two academic referees (include name and email address); if shortlisted, we will contact your referees directly to collect references (THERE IS NO NEED TO CONTACT REFEREES YOURSELF. WE DO NOT NEED TO RECEIVE REFERENCE LETTERS BY THE CLOSING DATE.)
What should I include in my personal statement?
You should not repeat the information presented in your CV but expand upon it. Specifically you should address:
What you will bring to this programme
What you hope to learn
How a PhD in neurodegeneration will facilitate your career plans
Why this four year programme is attractive to you (as opposed to a standard three year programme)
Applications are currently closed for 2018/19.
Applications are anticipated to open again in Autumn 2018 for 2019/20 intake. However, occasionally opportunities do arise at other times of the year owing to additional funding secured, usually through donations.
All opportunities are always advertised here and on findaphd.com. Clinical fellowship opportunities are always advertised via the UCL HR job vacancies pages.
Any queries regarding the application process should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org