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The Oxford-UCB Prize Fellowship will support outstanding researchers and clinicians in their early career at the University of Oxford. The Fellowship will combine scientific excellence with the opportunity to make a significant difference for patients. It will provide unique career development opportunities, including into biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and access to world-leading institutes including those in the US. The fellowship will provide outstanding mentorship at Oxford and UCB.  

This prestigious award includes 3 year’s salary, consumables and travel budget. It also includes a £10,000 prize to be used towards the fellow’s professional development. For clinical fellows wishing to undertake a DPhil during their fellowship EU fees will be provided.  Fellows will be assigned a mentor from UCB. This senior experienced staff member will introduce and mentor the fellows in the field of therapeutic medicines R&D that creates value for patients. Fellows will be invited to both internal and external networking scientific events at UCB and will have access to the entire UCB supernetwork of partners. Fellows will be expected to publish in high quality scientific journals and topresent their work at national and international scientific conferences. It is expected that this the fellow’s experience of both academic and therapeutic medicines R&D will equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue transformative translational research in their careers.


Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • A PhD / DPhil in a relevant medical/biological subject (viva and corrections to have been completed before the start of the fellowship)
  • No more than 3 years postdoc experience at the time of application.

Clinical Research Fellows:

  • GMC registered Medical Practitioner
  • Have prior research experience (typically a BSc), a medical  degree  and  some specialist experience, typically having obtained MRCP or equivalent, but not CCT or consultant status

Application process

Prospective applicants will identify a research group at the University of Oxford that will support their application, co-develop their research proposal and host them for the duration of the fellowship. The programme will be open to candidates around the world working in all areas relevant to biomedical science with a particular emphasis on the following disease areas:

Epilepsy, Inflammation, Neurodegeneration, Neuroinflammation, Immunomodulation, Fibrosis, Metabolic disease and disorders affecting Bone and/or Cartilage 

The candidate will provide a brief outline which identifies the biomedical question to be addressed and the proposed research programme

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and asked to give a presentation on their current and proposed work


Status: CLOSED


The programme will be run out of the Divisional Business Development Office.  If you are interested in submitting a project for consideration, please contact Oliver Voss ( for more details.

If you have any questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact Oliver.  

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