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Research council awards

Significant levels of funding are available from UK research councils – government-funded agencies that provide financial support to researchers from the UK and in some cases overseas, across a range of disciplines. Competition for research council awards is intense, and the high number of awards received by our graduate students is a reflection of the quality of research at Oxford. Approximately 15 per cent of all our new graduate students are funded by UK research councils. 

Research-specific scholarships

Some of our graduate students benefit from scholarships for specific research projects. In some instances these are supported by charities; for example, the Wellcome Trust supports a number of research students via the Doctoral Training Centre courses offered in the Medical Sciences.

Further information about grants and scholarships can be found on the Medical Sciences Graduate School website.

Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott-Patel Scholarship

NDS are pleased to confirm that one scholarship will be available for Home/ROI candidates for the DPhil in Surgical Sciences, starting in Michaelmas Term 2021. This award is in partnership with Wolfson College, where the successful candidate will be placed, and will cover course fees at the Home/ROI level along with a stipend for living costs at the standard Research Council rate (£15,285 pa for 2020/21).

The scholarship is made possible by a philanthropic legacy to Wolfson from the late Dr Francis Marriott and a donation from the University's Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, along with an equal contribution from NDS. It is named in memory of Dr Nilay Patel, who was a Consultant Urological Surgeon and Senior Fellow in NDS before his sudden passing in 2014. 

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must apply by the 8 January 2021. There is no separate application required for this award, and the successful candidate will be selected based on academic merit. When awarding the scholarship, preference will be given to applicants who have listed Wolfson as their first-choice College when two (or more) candidates are of equal academic merit.

Further information and how to apply can be found on the Wolfson College website.