President’s PhD Scholarships

The Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction is looking for talented students for the President’s PhD Scholarship. For further information, please see the College website.

Find out more information about fees and funding for 2019-20

Funding is often secured through Wellcome Trust or MRC DTP Fellowships. Further information about this and specific projects studying under the supervision of Departmental supervisors who have obtained funding are advertised below.

For up-to-date information on tuition fees, please refer to the College's Fees and Funding pages. It should be noted that supervisors may charge an additional ‘bench fee’ from sponsors to cover the costs of laboratory expenses (consumables and equipment) for postgraduate research projects.   

 PhD studentship - Investigating the determinants of trans-placental antibody transfer

Applications are invited for a funded 4-year PhD studentship at the Department of Metabolism, Development, and Reproduction. This studentship is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and is part of a wider international consortium investigating the impact of maternal influences on the infant immune system. 

We are seeking a highly motivated student to work between the reproductive immunology group led by Dr Beth Holder within the Institutes of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at the Hammersmith Campus and Dr. Fiona Culley’s group in the National Heart and Lung Institute at the St Mary’s Campus. 


Find out more about this opportunity

Three or four-year MRC-funded PhD Studentships

MRC Research Studentships enable graduates with excellent honours degrees to undertake a three- to a four-year training programme, that includes a research project plus training in research methods and transferable key skills, leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis and the award of a PhD.

The President’s PhD Scholarship

The College provides the home UKRI fee rate and a bursary. Departments pay the home tuition fee top-up i.e. the difference between the UKRI home tuition fee rate and the Department’s home tuition fee rate. MDR will consider applications from outstanding overseas applications but these must first be approved by the Departmental Manager, Joanna Thompson,


  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £21,400 per annum for 3.5 years
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study

Eligibility - First Class UK degree or equivalent. If a Masters is held, it must be awarded with Distinction.

Application - Complete Imperial College’s online application by the deadline stated on The President’s PhD Scholarship Webpages: 

Prior to applying - Applicants must have made contact with a supervisor who has agreed to supervise their research project. Supervisors are limited to supervise one student at any time.

The MRC DTP Studentship


A fully funded studentship awarded to individuals with settled UK status (a fees only financial package is available to students ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU):

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £18,000 per annum for 3.5 years
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) of £5,000 per annum, paid to the supervisor for supporting the student’s training and research · Payment of Completing Research Status fee of £200 to allow registration as a writing-up student.
  • A conference fund of £300 per annum to facilitate registration and attendance at conferences and scientific meetings. · Supplement funds to support a wide range of research and training activities including internships, high cost training and outreach.

Eligibility - At least an Upper Second Class Honours degree and settled UK status for the full award or a fees only financial package for students ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

Application - Complete Imperial College’s online application by the deadline stated on the MRC DTP Studentship webpages.

Prior to applying  - Applicants are not expected to have confirmed a PhD supervisor or title but a clear idea of the area you wish to pursue will be beneficial for your personal statement.

CSC Joint Funding

15 scholarships awarded per year.

The College covers overseas tuition fees. Departments are expected to cover bursary payment. As was the case in the old Department of Medicine, in the four new Departments (created in the Faculty Reorganisation when the Department of Medicine was replaced by four Departments), responsibility for bursary payment is delegated to supervisors. All CSC applications (submitted to Karine Gay) must include confirmation from the supervisor that he/she can cover the bursary of approx. £18k per annum for 3 years. Students are not permitted to apply for fees-only studentships.

‘Funding for the scholarships is split between the CSC and the College. Within the College it is shared between Departments and Central College funds.’

The College level funding is delegated to the Department which is usually delegated to the supervisor who is expected to cover the student’s stipend and £1k to attend conferences.


  • Overseas fees at the prevailing rate in any given year;
  • Maintenance allowance equal to Imperial’s minimum stipend allowance in any given year. For 2019/20, this is £17,009 per year;
  • One economy class return journey to China (one journey during the PhD – not on an annual basis).


  • Chinese students with a strong academic background;
  • Applicants must hold a PR China passport. Students do not need to be resident in China at the time of/before application;
  • Students with prior experience of studying overseas (including in the UK) are eligible to apply;
  • Current Chinese Master's students at Imperial are eligible for the scheme;
  • Students who are not currently studying must be working full time and must apply through their previous academic institution in China;
  • Students from Hong Kong or Taiwan are not eligible to apply.

Please note: successful scholarship applicants are required to return to China to work for a period of two years after graduation.

CSC Fully Funded Scholarship

Students should apply directly to the CSC usually through their ‘home’ Chinese institution. Further information is available from the ‘home’ Chinese institution.

Fees and stipend paid in full by Central College funding.


This is managed by Britta Ross - CDT Manager - UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for Healthcare. The AI CDT is managed by Computing, Engineering where all students are registered irrespective of supervisors’ Departments. The 2:1 financial cost sharing model of the CDT is as follows: 2/3 of the PhD student costs are covered by the CDT and 1/3 (or 1/6 if two joint supervisors) of the PhD student costs are covered by the supervisors.

Imperial College’s Scholarships Search Tool

Other Scholarships may be available for students with particular track records and nationalities, and it is advised that this tool is used to help search for available scholarships.

Investigating the determinants of trans-placental antibody transfer