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The scholarship supports academic study in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Rosamund Snow, who died in February 2017, had type 1 diabetes. After completing a Master’s degree in Social Sciences at King’s College London, she went on to study for a PhD in the patient experience of diabetes. She became a respected academic at the University of Oxford, undertaking research and teaching medical students about the importance of the patient perspective. She believed passionately in patients working alongside clinicians to produce research and teaching that is informed by the (often under-valued) expertise in what it is like to live with an illness.

Rosamund used her own expertise from experience to question and challenge norms of medical practice, always striving to improve patient care. After her death, Rosamund’s family generously donated funding to Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, to allow others to be trained to continue the work she started.

The successful applicant will be supported to undertake Masters-level training in the relevant research methods if necessary, before developing their own ideas into a PhD (a three-year, full-time or six-year, part-time programme of study, known at Oxford as a DPhil).


Deadline: 10 or 24 January 2020 as relevant to your course (University January Application Deadline)

Value: Full fees and a stipend of £18,000 per annum full time (up to three years), £9,000 per annum part time (up to six years).

How it works: The scholarship is for academic study towards a DPhil degree (either full-time or part-time). If you already have a relevant Masters degree, you may apply directly for the DPhil. If you do not have a Masters degree, the scholarship may fund a Masters (full-time or part-time) to provide you with the necessary academic skills to embark on the DPhil. The scholarship is linked to the Masters in Translational Health Sciences and to the DPhil in Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences; a new DPhil in Translational Health Sciences will be available from 2021. You need to apply for, and be offered a place, on one of these courses to be eligible to apply for the Snow scholarship.

Restrictions: Applications are invited from people who meet the following criteria:

  • You (or someone you care for, such as a family member or partner) have experience of an illness or long-term condition that you would like to research, perhaps with a view to changing the way healthcare staff think and act;
  • You want to be trained to undertake social science research into the illness experience – for example, sociology of health and illness, medical education, or sociology of scientific knowledge (as distinct from campaigning or teaching);
  • You already have a university degree (at least a 2.1 at undergraduate level, and perhaps a Master’s degree in a relevant subject);
  • You have received an offer for one of the following programmes:
    • MSc in Translational Health Sciences (PT)
    • DPhil in Primary Health Care (FT or PT)
    • DPhil in Translational Health Sciences (FT or PT) (from 2021).

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