Child Health Research PhD Studentship Scheme

University College London - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Applications are invited from committed individuals wishing to do basic, translational or clinical research for the benefit of child health, and who expect to graduate with a UK 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree or equivalent from abroad.

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) is a division of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences. Together with its partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, ICH forms the largest concentration of children’s health research in Europe.

The great strength of UCL's research was reaffirmed in REF 2014. ICH was part of a UCL return to the Clinical Medicine sub-panel 1, and Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care sub-panel 2 (Main Panel A). In both sub-panels, 80% of UCL's research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.  In assessment of research power, UCL’s performance was top in the UK for sub-panel 1 and was second in the UK for sub-panel 2. The NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), which supports experimental medicine research for children and young people at ICH/GOSH, recently secured £37 million to take it into its third term, running to March 2022.

The Institute is committed to high quality postgraduate education and has a strong track record of training and support for its postgraduates. A high level of interaction exists across the Institute between basic scientists, clinicians and population health scientists. The Institute is offering a number of research studentships for the academic year 2018-19, supported by the Child Health Research PhD Programme. Applicants selected for funding will be able to choose from the following research areas:

Developmental Biology and Cancer
Developmental Neurosciences
Genetics and Genomics Medicine
Infection, Immunity, Inflammation
Population, Policy and Practice

There may also be an opportunity to spend a period of time in Toronto on certain projects.  These projects will be confirmed in due course.

For information about the projects and how to apply, please refer to the Child Health Research PhD studentship advert on the ICH website: You are asked to read the application instructions carefully. Please note, applications that are submitted without following the correct procedure may not be considered. 

You may also be interested in attending the ICH Open Day on 8th November 2017 from 1.30pm onwards.  There will be an opportunity to discuss research opportunities, tour the Institute and view a display of posters by PhD students that demonstrates the range of ICH research.  You will also have an opportunity to attend a Guest Lecture to be given by Professor Maria Fitzgerald, Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, UCL (title to be confirmed).

Closing date for applications to ICH:  19th November 2017
Interview dates:  Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January 2018

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