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PhD Studentship

Key information 

  • To support: Experienced researchers to recruit outstanding science graduates to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes-related research. 
  • Career level: Applications must be from potential supervisors only
  • Funding period: Three-year studentships 
  • Deadline: Applications open in March each year and have an annual deadline of the last Friday in August. 


  • Applications must be from potential supervisors only. Applications from potential students will not be accepted
  • All applications must have one lead and one co-supervisor who are located at the host institute
  • Applications from junior researchers should include a senior supervisor based at a the same UK institute as the principal applicant, with a track record in PhD supervision, on the application
  • Supervisors will have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary for the lifetime of the grant
  • The research must take place at an established research institution in the UK
  • The student must be recruited by the host institute.
  • Awards are made to projects that have clear relevance to the aims of our research strategy and provide training in diabetes research within a supportive environment. 

Financial support 

The stipend offered for studentships is currently: 

Tuition fees for UK students at Home rate only. International students may apply, however international fees must be self-funded or supported by the institute.  

A research allowance of £10,000 per year to cover all materials, consumables, equipment and animal costs. 

Applicants may request a maximum of £2,500 for conferences across the duration of the award to cover registration, travel and accommodation. These must be reasonable and fully justified and will be agreed by the Review Panel. 

Training costs of up to £1,500 relevant to the project may also be requested. 


How to apply 

To apply, please: 

Administrative processes 

Applications are sent to a panel largely comprised of members of the Diabetes UK Research Committee as well as other established researchers. The panel is reviewed each year to reflect the application portfolio. PhD Studentship applications are not externally peer reviewed. 

The panel assesses applications and the top scoring applications are discussed at a teleconference before recommendations for funding are made. 

Assessment criteria 

Applications are judged on the following criteria: 

  • Relevance of project to diabetes
  • Supervisor’s training record
  • Suitability of project for PhD training
  • Scientific quality of proposed project. 

Funding decisions 

Final funding decisions will be made in November.

Feedback letters will be sent to all lead applicants within one month of the Research Committee Sub-Panel teleconference. Funded applicants will have two weeks to respond to comments raised by the Panel. Funded applicants should expect to receive an award letter within two months of the Research Committee Sub-Panel teleconference.  

Student recruitment post-award 

Awarded supervisors should begin recruiting for the studentship after it has been awarded. The CV of potential students must be submitted to Diabetes UK for approval before an appointment is made and students are expected to hold a relevant degree (classification minimum 2:1) or equivalent. 

Please contact if you require any further information. 

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