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UCL Grand Challenge Three year PhD Studentships in Life and Medical Sciences

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30 March 2012
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Funded by UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and the Specialist Biomedical Research Centres at Moorfields/UCL
and Great Ormond Street. UCL inspired by its Grand Challenges (, UCL’s ‘Grand Challenge 100’ PhD training programme is designed to attract
those researchers with the highest intellectual and scientific skills to the field of biomedical and life sciences.

The specific focus of these studentships can range from investigations into fundamental aspects of human health and disease or translational approaches to prevention and early
disease detection, through to the development of novel therapies and interventions, addressing global health issues such as HIV/AIDS in the context of global politics and
economics or the application of mathematical techniques to basic questions in biology and biomedicine. The intention is to encourage outstanding individuals to engage in innovative
research across a broad canvas.

Grand Challenge Studentships, each funded for 3 years (including a stipend of £18,000 pa, Home/EU fees and £5000 pa research funds), will provide a multi-disciplinary training
programme in a highly-supportive environment. Based within one of the high-profile Institutes or Divisions in UCL’s School of Life and Medical Sciences, students will have access to worldclass laboratory, field or office research facilities accompanied by regular interactive problem-solving and ‘blue-skies’ sessions in which free thinking and the development of radical solutions to complex problems are actively encouraged (and rewarded).

Grand Challenge Students will be encouraged to establish links and collaborations that cut across traditional laboratory, departmental and discipline boundaries, with supervision by
UCL’s outstanding basic and clinical research teams. In return, Grand Challenge Students are expected to engage fully with UCL in its commitment to meeting its Grand Challenges. If you
think you are up to the challenge of a Grand Challenge Studentship then please apply, via email to with the following:

1. An up-to-date copy of your CV (preferably as a pdf file).
2. The contact details of two referees.
3. A completed application form (available from noting which three projects (see project-titles for project titles and descriptions) you wish to apply for (in order of preference) and why you wish to apply for each one.
4. A one-page statement telling us what excites you most in science today, and what role you would like to play in helping UCL meet its Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable
Cities, Intercultural Interaction, or Human Wellbeing (see for further information).

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 15th April 2012.


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