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PhD studentships

Our PhD studentship scheme aims to encourage the best students to become involved in hearing, deafness and tinnitus research in the UK.

The projects should bring tangible benefits closer for deaf people and those who have hearing loss or tinnitus.

One of the awards for the 2021 scheme, in the area of tinnitus research, will be jointly funded with the British Tinnitus Association.

We also encourage applications for co-funded PhD studentships. This may be with the host institute or an external partner (for example, another funding body, charity or company).

Summary of grant

  • Deadline: Closed. The next call for applications will be launched in 2022.
  • Duration: Three years.
  • Eligibility: Students and supervisors must be based at a recognised UK university or research institute.
  • Value: £75,000 (outside of London) or £79,500 (London). Applications for partial funds will also be considered where the outstanding funds have/will be applied for from the host institute or an external source.

In the last round of funding, we received 20 eligible applications and awarded four studentship grants.

Application procedure

The call and guidelines, application form and application form guidance document will be added when the next call opens in 2022. Please note that applications must be submitted by the proposed supervisor.

Selection procedure

All proposals are sent to two/three external referees, usually within the UK, who are asked to judge the scientific merit of the project as well as the suitability of the project for a PhD student. These reviews and the original proposals are then rated by our Future Leaders review panel. The top-rated proposals are then funded.

Applicants are notified of the outcome as soon as possible, to allow successful applicants plenty of time to recruit a suitable student.

One of the 2021 PhD Studentship grants will be funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and known as the ‘RNID/Masonic Charitable Foundation Studentship Award’.

Future Leaders review panel

  • Professor Brian Moore, University of Cambridge (chair)
  • Dr Mike Bowl, MRC Harwell, Oxford
  • Professor Jennifer Linden, University College London
  • Dr Christian Füllgrabe, University College London
  • Professor Andrea Streit, King’s College London
  • Dr William Sedley, Newcastle University
  • Dr Mark Wallace, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Dan Jagger, University College London
  • Professor Walter Marcotti, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Chris Plack, University of Manchester
  • Dr Deborah Vickers, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Morag Lewis, King’s College London

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and open access publications

RNID is a member of the Europe PMC Funders’ Group. We support open access publications and require RNID grant-holders to make their publications open access.

Read our open access publication policy for more information and visit the Europe PMC website.

Contact RNID

If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact us. We’re here to help.