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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