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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.

Are you a University of Oxford PhD/DPhil student researching a health or healthcare topic? Get the knowledge, experience, network, and funding necessary to start commercializing your research!
PhD Translational Fellowships equip PhD students interested in entrepreneurship with the tools needed to go from an idea to real impact within the health technology field. You will develop practical skills to generate innovative solutions for the improvement of health and healthcare while broadening your network and receiving funding to take your idea to the next level.  

Programme Overview

The programme is a pan-European initiative sponsored by EIT Health, which aims to give you a solid foundation to start planning an entrepreneurial venture based on a research topic of your interest. As a participant, you will receive coaching and training throughout the process and are introduced to the challenges of innovating in health care and ways in which you can overcome those challenges.  

Experienced instructors from some of Europe’s leading institutions on health care innovation will guide you through topics such as market need identification and validation; solution concept generation and validation; how to navigate intellectual property, regulatory, and reimbursement complexities and business development.

The programme will give you the knowledge needed to commercialise your research during the Training Camp in Oxford running from 5-16 August. During the Training Camp, you will get the opportunity to network with like-minded PhD students from partner universities, including:

  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Universität zu Köln, Germany
  • Sorbonne Université, France
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, France  

If selected, you will receive a 5,000€ grant towards the commercialization and further development of your idea and admission to the Training Camp. During the Training Camp you will engage in lectures, workshops, and networking activities and the camp will conclude with a pitch competition where the winners will receive prizes of up to 3,000€ in six separate prize categories. At the end of the program, you will have a clear understanding of the requirements for building and de-risking an entrepreneurial venture within the health sector.

In order to be eligible to apply you need to:

  • Be currently  enrolled as a PhD/DPhil student at the University of Oxford
  • Have finished your 1st year PhD or DPhil
  • Be researching a topic related to health or healthcare
  • Be able to attend the whole Training Camp in Oxford from 5-16 August

Three PhD students from the University of Oxford will be selected to represent the University at the Training Camp in Oxford. The selected students will receive 5,000€ in commercialisation support, a 1,500€ travel grant to participate in the Training Camp, and the possibility to win additional prizes of up to 3,000€ at the Training Camp pitch competition. The selection process is in two stages (1) written application and (2) local pitch competition. 

Written Application

The following material is needed for your written application:

  • Personal CV
  • Personal letter of motivation (max 1 side of A4)
  • Letter of recommendation/supporting letter from your PI
  • Written pitch of your idea (maximum 1,200 characters)
  • Description of how you will invest a potential 5,000€ prize to further develop your idea

Submit your written application no later than 23:59 CEST on Sunday 9 June at:

Local Pitch Competition

If your written application is successful, you will be invited to the University of Oxford local pitch competition on Thursday 20 June, at 9:00-12:00 where the three winners will be selected.

In the evenings of June 17th or 18th, a pitch training workshop will be organised for all students who have been selected to pitch in the local competition. 

Detailed information about the local pitch competition and pitch training workshop will be provided to selected candidates upon confirmation.

This fund is now open for applications. The deadline for applications is 23:59 CEST on Sunday 9 June.

If you have any questions, please email