Oxford-MRC DTP iCASE 2024 Projects
MRC ENTERPRISE STUDENTSHIP PROGRAMME 2024 (INDUSTRIAL CASE AWARDS)
Eight industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships are available for doctoral study at Oxford, to start in October 2024.
Designed to nurture the academic entrepreneurs of the future, the Enterprise studentship programme offers a stimulating educational experience as part of the Oxford-MRC DTP cohort, with the additional benefit of working closely with an industrial partner. This will provide entrepreneurial training opportunities and an insight into how commercial science is conducted alongside a superb academic base within the University. Students will work for at least 3 months in the associated company.
They are open to both UK and non-UK nationals and will follow the UKRI student eligibility requirements. UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual training grants to 30% of the total intake each year.
Each iCASE studentship is fully-funded - it includes four years of stipend at the UKRI stipend level + £2,500 p.a., course fees, and a generous research training support grant.
Applications must be received by 12 noon (UK time) Friday 1 December 2023. Details on entry requirements and how to apply can be found below.
The projects available are:
Lead supervisor: Prof. Simon Davis ; commercial partner: Gilead Sciences (Oxford)
Lead supervisor: Dr Calliope Dendrou; commercial partner: Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Lead supervisor: Prof. Stavros Petrou; commercial partner: Alpha Laboratories Ltd
Lead supervisor: Prof. Joanna Poulton; commercial partner: Juno Genetics
Lead supervisor: Dr Ghada Alsaleh; commercial partner: Metavisionaries and Space Application Services (MSA)
Lead supervisor: Prof. Irina Udalova; commercial partner: DJS Antibodies
Lead supervisor: Prof. Molly Stevens; commercial partner: SPARTA Biodiscovery Ltd.
Lead supervisor: Dr Kristoffer Petersson; commercial partner: Teledyne e2v (Teledyne UK Limited)
Lead supervisors: Prof. Georg Hollaender and Dr Rebecca Berrens; commercial partner: Oxford Nanopore Technologies
Lead supervisor: Prof. Helen Byrne; commercial partner: Novo Nordisk
Lead supervisor: Prof. Omer Dushek; commercial partner: GSK
Lead supervisor: Prof. Simon Draper; commercial partner: DJS Antibodies
Lead supervisor: Prof. Fadi Issa; commercial partner: Oxford Biomedica (UK) Ltd (OXB)
Lead supervisor: Dr Dario Carugo ; commercial partner: Adler Ortho®
Lead supervisor: Prof. Sarah Pendlebury; commercial partner: Brainomix
Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of an applicant’s ability to meet the following entry requirements:
1. Academic ability
Proven and potential academic achievements
Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant discipline such as biology, biochemistry, or medicine. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent.
A previous master's degree is not required.
No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.
Other appropriate indicators will include:
You will be required to supply supporting documents with your application, including references and an official transcript. See 'How to apply' for instructions on the documents you will need.
Performance at interview
Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions/funding allocation process.
Candidates who are shortlisted are interviewed as part of the admissions process. Shortlisting will be based on the criteria given above. There will be a minimum of three academics on the interview panel. Interviews will be conducted virtually this year. Normally, the interviews will run for 25 minutes in a question and answer format.
Prior publications are not required, but research experience and a demonstrable interest in the commercialisation of research may be an advantage.
Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience
Evidence of a prior interest in the area of research proposed is likely to advantage your application.
2. English language requirement
Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the standard level required by the University.
3. Disability, health conditions and specific learning difficulties
Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background.
Decisions on admission are based solely on the individual academic merits of each candidate and the application of the entry requirements appropriate to the course.
Further information on how these matters are supported during the admissions process is available in our guidance for applicants with disabilities.
All recommendations to admit a student involve the judgment of at least two members of academic staff with relevant experience and expertise, and additionally must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Admissions Committee (or equivalent departmental persons or bodies).
Admissions panels or committees will always include at least one member of academic staff who has undertaken appropriate training.
It would be expected that graduate applicants would be familiar with the recent published work of their proposed supervisor.
HOW TO APPLY
Before applying for these positions we recommend you contact the lead supervisors for informal discussions.
To make a formal application, please complete the University’s online application form for the DPhil course specific to the department hosting the iCASE project you are interested in. Please indicate the iCASE project clearly by inserting ‘iCASE’ before the project title and by using the reference code iCASE. You will need to provide a CV outlining your academic achievements and relevant experience, and a personal statement (500 words max if applying for a project hosted by one of Medical Sciences departments - please note that this limit might be different if a project is hosted by one of MPLS departments in which case follow their requirement) detailing your interest and fit for the studentship. Note that no project proposal is required for the iCASE studentship applications.
If you wish to apply for a combination of iCASE and other projects within the hosting department, this can be done on the same application form (max number of projects you can apply for on one application depends on the department you wish to apply to). If you wish to apply for iCASE projects within different departments, you will have to make separate applications directly through those departments.
If you have any specific queries about the iCASE application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. General advice on how to pick a graduate advisor (supervisor) and how to choose a scientific problem can be found in these two articles:
- Ben Barres, 2013, How to pick a graduate advisor, Neuron.
- Uri Alon, 2009, How to choose a good scientific problem, Mol Cell.
All applications must be received by the deadline of 12 noon (UK time) Friday 1 December 2023.
We expect to interview shortlisted applicants in January/February and to make funding offers by the end of February.