Apply for a PhD Studentship

PHD studentships give exceptional students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for a career as a research scientist. From 2021, Heart Research UK is introducing a new, dedicated PhD studentship scheme.

One PhD studentship will be awarded each year.

Clinical and non-clinical PhD studentships can be applied for.

For information about eligibility, please see Translational Research Project (TRP) Grants.

Funding is available for 3.5 years covering: –

  • Student stipend/salary
  • Tuition fees
  • Research consumables


Outside London Within London
Stipend/salary Year 1 £20,000 £22,000
  Year 2 £21,000 £24,000
  Year 3 £22,000 £26,000
  Year 3.5 £10,000 £13,000
Tuition fees Per annum £5,000 £5,000
Consumables Per annum £7,500 £7,500
Total   £110,500 £122,500


Clinical PhD Studentships

Clinical PhDs will be supported through shared funding with the institution. Heart Research UK will cover part of the salary up to the maximum amounts in the table above, in addition to consumables costs and tuition fees, with the host intuition paying the remaining salary costs.

Please contact HRUK for advice if you are considering applying for a co-funded clinical PhD studentship.

2021 awards:

Maximum award: £110,500 (outside London), £122,500 (within London)

Grant applications accepted from the beginning of May each year

Deadline for applications: 1pm, 1st June 2021

Medical Review Panel (MRP) meeting: October/November 2021

Student interviews: November/December 2021 (date to be announced)


Please note that the HRUK office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and therefore deliveries cannot be accepted at the weekend.

For more information about grants please contact Heart Research UK on 0113 234 7474 or email

To apply

Please download the following application form and supporting documents to apply for a PhD Studentship.

How they are chosen

As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), we use a rigorous scientific review process to ensure that we fund only the best research projects in universities and hospitals.

The Heart Research UK Medical Review Panel (MRP) will select the best PhD project based on both scientific quality of the project and suitability for PhD training.

All grant applications are assessed by carefully selected external peer-reviewers, in addition to the Heart Research UK Translational Research Project (TRP) Grants MRP.

Heart Research UK will advertise the PhD studentship and invite potential students to apply. Students will then be shortlisted and interviewed by members of the MRP and the academic supervisors.

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