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The National Heart and Lung Institute Foundation’s interest is in all aspects of heart, lung and cardiovascular disease.  The Foundation awards grants to the National Heart and Lung Institute to assist the Institute in carrying out research, development and education in heart and lung medicine.

Past students exemplify the breadth of backgrounds and projects that NHLI Foundation Studentships attract. NHLI Foundation students have progressed to postdoctoral positions throughout the UK, Europe and the World.  UK first destinations include Imperial College London, University College London, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine (Oxford), Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and the University of Dundee.


Applications open for three year PhD studentships in 2020

Applications are invited for three 3-year PhD studentships at the National Heart and Lung Institute, funded by the National Heart and Lung Institute Foundation (Charity 1048073) to start in Spring 2020. The studentships will be funded for three years, on a bursary of £18,000 per annum and tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.  There is no provision for overseas student fees. 

These studentships are part of the NHLI Foundation’s investment to establish a Centre for Early Airways Disease. Projects are offered in all aspects of airway disease – with particular focus on understanding the mechanism underlying development of asthma or COPD, across a variety of disciplines including bioengineering, cell biology, chemistry, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physics, physiology and public health.

These NHLI Foundation research studentships enable graduates with excellent honours degrees to undertake a three year training programme that includes a research project plus training in research methods and transferable key skills. Students would be expected to hold a relevant Masters degree.

NHLI and Imperial College London provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate research student training including research seminars, journal clubs and an exciting collaborative environment.  All students will belong to the Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills Programme and has received the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers in 2006 and 2008.

How to Apply

Applicants must hold, a first or upper second-class honours degree or UK equivalent as well as a Masters in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. 

To apply please send a CV with your grades clearly listed, a one page personal statement, and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees to NHLI’s PGR Office nhlipgr.team@imperial.ac.uk.

Applications closing date: Monday 17 February 2020.  

Please note that candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. NHLI is also an Athena Bronze SWAN Award winner and Imperial a Stonewall Diversity Champion.