Medical Research Foundation AMR Studentships

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

One studentships is available for a PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) for 2018/19.

The studentship is offered through the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research.

As part of the PhD, students will undertake a funded 3-month interdisciplinary AMR research project allowing them to work outside of their primary research area or an elective placement in industry, publishing, media, policy development or in AMR-relevant charities and organisations. The programme will include residential skills and training courses, cohort-building activities, and annual conferences, all designed to expose students to a range of discipline-specific languages and interdisciplinary research skills.


  • Tuition Fees (UK/EU rate)
  • Annual Stipend
  • Research costs
  • Travel allowance


The studentship is being offered under the AMR theme ‘Behaviour within and beyond the health setting’ (AMR Theme 4). This research theme aims to:

  • identify specific economic conditions, social norms and attitudes relating to antibiotics in order to develop context appropriate strategies
  • evaluate interventions to control/prevent the spread of resistant bacteria
  • assess the wider costs and benefits of behaviour change strategies
  • link surveillance data to stewardship practices to understand variance in impact
  • develop and evaluate economic and regulatory models that balance the appropriate use of drugs and the mitigation of AMR while appropriately rewarding innovation

Three potential PhD research projects are available:

Project Title: Historical and Bioethical Dimensions of Infection Prevention & Control for Drug-Resistant TB in Contemporary South Africa (PDF)

First (primary) Supervisor: Dr John Manton

Second Supervisor/s: Dr Karina Kielmann

Project Title: Mathematical Modelling of Clinic Design and Use in South Africa, and Interventions to Reduce Nosocomial Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (PDF)

First (primary) Supervisor: Dr Nicky McCreesh

Second Supervisor/s: Dr Jonathon Taylor & Professor Alison Grant

Project Title: Mathematical Modelling of and Policy Analysis to Inform Clinic-Based Infection Control Intervention Impact and Policy in South Africa (PDF)

First (primary) Supervisor: Dr Nicky McCreesh

Second Supervisor/s: Professor Anna Vassall

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be eligible for fees at UK/EU rate. You can check the UKCISA requirements for Home/EU fees as well as the LSHTM Fee Assessment Policy for further details.

All applicants must also have at least one of the following:

  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed (recommended)
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • an upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.

Please refer to additional requirements on the individual project information page.

How to Apply

Applicants should select one project and submit one application for study at LSHTM and for this studentship. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the primary supervisor for their selected project for an informal discussion prior to submitting an application.

To apply, you need to submit a research degree application for study to the School.

Further information on how to apply can be found on the LSHTM website.


The deadline for applications is midnight GMT on 31 January 2018.

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