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The department offers a number of fully funded studentships to outstanding applicants every year.

To be considered for full funding from all sources, candidates applying to start a course from October must submit their University application by the early January deadline (12:00 midday on Friday 08 January 2021). Some funding competitions may still be available later on throughout the admissions cycle.

Our final application deadline for October 2021 entry is 09 July 2021.

All candidates submitting applications by the early January 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.

As a minimum, the funding will pay fees at the Home rate and provide a stipend at the standard UK Research and Innovation rate (£15,285 pa for 2020/21) for the duration of fee liability (typically 3 years). Most 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.

New for 2021 entry:

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 2021

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 projects

See the complete list of funded projects for 2021 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.