Joint Research Office


Eisai to fund neuroscience PhD studentship

15 January 2013

Global pharmaceutical company Eisai is to fund a PhD studentship at UCL.

Proposals for the new studentships are now being invited for projects in neuroscience, to be undertaken at UCL, beginning in October 2013. Applications relating to the discovery of novel therapeutics of high relevance to neurological disorders will be considered, and can include: deeper understanding of disease processes, validation of novel drug targets, disease models, novel tools, technologies and probes, translational-enabling approaches and systems.

Eisai was established in Japan 70 years ago and now has research laboratories in Tokyo, Boston and London. Their recently signed research agreement with UCL is aimed at the discovery of novel therapeutics, recognising UCL's strengths in neuroscience research.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 25 January 2013. 

Funding (fully-funded, three years) will include: 

  • Tuition Fees: to be paid in advance in full to UCL (for UK or EU citizens only). 
  • Stipend: to be paid monthly in arrears to the student (per annum: Year 1; £23,652; Year 2: £24,125; Year 3: £24,607) 
  • Research Expenses Allowance: to be paid quarterly in advance to the relevant UCL department (per annum : Year 1: £10,766; Year 2: £10,981; Year 3: £11,200) 

Applications should include: 

  • Project proposal (500 words maximum), including explanation of how the work could contribute to therapeutic impact in neurodegenerative disorders. 
  • CV of the proposing faculty member (no more than two pages but to include: key and recent publications; contact details). 
  • Nomination of a corresponding applicant for joint applications. 

Applications should be submitted to Sabina Kirupairatnam: sabina_kirupairatnam(@)eisai.net.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to James Staddon (Director, Eisai Open Innovation UK): james_staddon(@)eisai.net.

All applications will be acknowledged, with an Eisai committee selecting the successful proposal. Proposers will be advised of the outcome by Friday 15 February 2013.