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The department awards at least two successful applicants each year with full funding awards and all applications received by the early December deadline are considered for funding through a competitive process.

To be considered for full funding from all sources, candidates applying to the DPhil in Primary Health Care or DPhil in Translational Health Sciences must submit their University application by the early December deadline (12:00 midday on Friday 01 December 2023). Some funding competitions may still be available later on throughout the admissions cycle but this is not guaranteed.

All candidates submitting applications for DPhil in Primary Health Care or DPhil in Translational Health Science by the early December deadline will automatically be considered for full funding from a number of sources including the MRC, the Clarendon Fund, Oxford Colleges and numerous charitable sources. Further details can be found here. 5. These programmes are participating in Black Academic Futures via the Medical Sciences Division's guarantee of at least 10 places per year across its doctoral programmes for the next four years' intakes of DPhil students. The University is committed to increasing the number of postgraduate students from under-represented groups at Oxford and in recent years has introduced a number of pioneering initiatives to improve access to graduate study. The department is an enthusiastic participant in a continuing pilot to improve the selection procedure for graduate applications, in order to ensure all candidates are evaluated fairly.

As a minimum, any funding won through the department will pay fees at the Home rate and provide a stipend above the UK Research and Innovation rate (a minimum of £20,000 pa) for the duration of fee liability (typically 3 years). Many awards will cover the higher overseas fees as well.

Please note that the selection of highly-ranked applicants for these studentships is a competitive process, with some opportunities open to applicants across the whole Medical Sciences Division.

These studentships are not linked to any specific projects but a list of potential projects available for research students can be found here. Individual supervisors can be contacted by email about their projects. Students are also welcome to define their own project/research proposal for an application; these projects/proposals can be sent to the supervisors(s) that you identify to ascertain if the department can accommodate such a project.


Primary Care Health Sciences Scholars Programme

The Primary Care Health Sciences Scholars Programme provides a fully funded scholarship to students and is open to applicants with Home/RoI fee status. 

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NIHR SPCR PhD Studentship in Primary Care

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research.

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funded project

Reducing behavioural risk factors for non-communicable disease in people with serious mental illness




See the complete list of potential projects for 2023 here

External funding opportunities

DPhil candidates are encouraged to apply for other independent funding sources for which they may be eligible, for example:

A more extensive list of potential external scholarships can be found on this page of the university website.