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Christopher Welch Scholarships in Biological Sciences have been founded thanks to the bequest received in 1915 under the will of the late Christopher Welch, M.A., of Wadham College.

With the first award being made in 1918, they have a long and distinguished history and impressive legacy. Previous Christopher Welch Scholars include eminent researchers and scientists many of whom received national and international recognition for their contributions to science (including Nobel Prizes). 

Brief history of Christopher Welch Scholarships

Current Christopher Welch Scholarships holders






Ian Hsu

Radcliffe Department of Medicine

St Edmund Hall


Denis Lan

Experimental Psychology

St John's



funding not available



Samvid Kurlekar

Clinical Medicine




funding not available



James Kempton



Scholarship value

At present, Christopher Welch Scholarships offer:

  • payment of fees 
  • a maintenance grant (currently min £20,000 pa in years 1-4)
  • Research Support Grant of £5,000 per annum in years 1, 2 and 3 

No person may be awarded a scholarship a second time. 


Christopher Welch Scholarships were established to promote the study of biology.

To be eligible for the award in 2022 admissions round, candidates must have applied to the University for admission for postgraduate study in one of the Medical Sciences Division clinical departments (listed below) by the deadline of 12noon (UK time) on Friday 3rd December:

  • Department of Oncology
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
  • Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences 
  • Nuffield Department of Population Health
  • Nuffield Department of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences 
  • Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
  • Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health
  • Radcliffe Department of Medicine

How to apply

All applicants to the above MSD clinical departments who have applied by the deadline of 3rd December 2021 will automatically be considered for this award.

There will be no separate application required.


Aga Bush