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The aim of the DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowship Program is to address the innovation-funding gap between completion of the doctoral thesis and obtaining further seed funding.


Applicants should be in their final year of submission and close to the award of their doctoral thesis. The funding is for the period post-thesis submission and pre-thesis defence. The most innovative propositions (pitches) presented will be selected and the respective DPhil/PhD candidates’ host departments will be provided with a pre-seed fellowship award to fund accelerated development of discovery research in the applicant's  first post-doctoral year. The funding is not to be used for the continuation of DPhil/PhD doctoral programs or for conventional post-doctoral funding. The application must clearly meet the EIT Health objectives outlined on their website.

Read the call document


Successful applicants will receive EUR 10,000 - EUR25,000 towards the cost of accelerated development of their idea in their first post-doctoral year. Funding can be used to further evaluate or translate research ideas, part-fund a salary or prepare a case for seed funding. The funding is not meant for the continuation of DPhil/PhD programmess or for conventional postdoctoral funding (applicants requiring such funding are encouraged to explore other sources).

Awards will be made at three (3) levels:

  • Gold:  EUR 25,000
  • Silver:  EUR 15,000
  • Bronze:  EUR 10,000

Recipients of fellowships will be further supported by Oxford University Innovation for the duration of their fellowship. This will include help to assess the commercial potential of their results, to protect and manage the associated intellectual property, to identify the optimal route to commercialisation (e.g. license to an existing company versus spinning out a new company), to define what potential commercial partners expect in terms of proof of concept for a given technology, to secure follow on translational funding where needed to achieve proof of concept, and to identify, attract and secure  potential partners/investors to further develop and commercialise new healthcare technologies.

Eligible applicants must be DPhil/PhD students enrolled at Oxford University who are in their 3rd or 4th year of doctoral training in a field relevant to EIT Health (see This can include any medical, social, IT or technical research which is applicable to the objectives of EIT Health in promoting healthy living and active ageing. 

Eligible proposals comprised of 3 parts:

  • a brief summary of the candidates innovative research idea or discovery (max 250 words)
  • a supporting letter or email from the DPhil/PhD supervisor detailing excellent progress towards thesis submission, date of completion of doctoral funding, strong support for the applicant, the proposal objectives and (if applicable) confirming approval from the head of department (the applicant must remain with the PhD group or team)
  • a copy of the certificate obtained after completion of the quick, fun and easy on-line (UK government) training course on intellectual property (

Proposals must be submitted using the online application formPlease note that missing components will result in the application being rejected.

All eligible applicants will benefit from the opportunity to pitch and subsequently discuss their proposal with the selection panel, thus obtaining valuable feedback on their innovative proposition. The initial pitch will be in the form of a 5-minute presentation followed by 5-minute discussion. Shortlisted finalists will be invited to a final stage 30-minute interview on 12th September, which will entail a longer application, a 15-minute pitch and 15 minutes for questions. This final stage will entail a longer application for completion in conjunction with Oxford University Innovation, a 15 minute pitch and 15 minutes questions. 

For further advice about pitching and entrepreneurship please visit Enterprising Oxford 

This Fellowship is currently closed for applications. 

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