University of Oxford

PhD Studentships

University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

4-Year PhD (DPhil) Studentships

The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology ( is a world-renowned research institute housed in a state-of-the-art purpose-built research facility. The Institute is currently offering 7 – fully funded, highly prestigious 4-year prize PhD studentship.s awarded by the Kennedy Trust and RACE – Versus Arthritis (

The awards are available to students worldwide and include a generous stipend (over £22,000) and competitive allowance for laboratory expenses, training and international conference travel. The application deadline is noon, Friday 10th January 2020. Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in the week commencing 29th – 31s January 2020.

Our doctoral training programme offers:

Biomedical research projects across a wide range of themes, including immunology, inflammation biology, microbiology, regenerative medicine, biophysics, genome engineering, cell, molecular and systems biology, genetics and genomics.

Exceptional research facilities in a new state-of-the-art integrated institute at a world-class university including single molecule biophysics, single cell genomics, high-performance computing facility, germ-free facilities and high dimensional imaging and cytometry facilities.

Outstanding supervision from internationally renowned academics

Strong commitment to academic and practical training in a wide range of methodologies, as well as career development and guidance reflected by subsequent post-graduate employment positions. In addition to modules and workshops in wide range of areas, funding for specialised training is provided as part of the program.

Successful applicants will join an innovative and exciting PhD (DPhil) programme within a vibrant and international student community and will benefit from an excellent management and mentoring programme. Training will be provided in core and transferrable skills to equip graduates with a comprehensive set of personal and professional skills, thus maximising each student’s potential and building the foundation for a successful career.

Career Support

The Kennedy Institute is strongly committed to supporting graduate student career progression through an innovate program to support links with industry and funding to complete publications post PhD completion.


We welcome applicants who have obtained (or are predicted to obtain) a first or upper second class (2i) BSc degree or equivalent who wish to study for a PhD (DPhil) the available studentships and the application process.

Please note only applications received through the official channel can be considered. For further information about the application process please contact Prof. Mark Coles, the Director of Graduate Studies: 

2020 DPhil Projects

Supervisor (Funding): Project Title
Tal Anon, Irina Udalova (KTPS): Transcriptional regulation of antibody responses; implications for protective immunity and disease development
Alex Clarke, Michael Dustin (KTPS): How does metabolism reprogram the immune system in autoimmunity?
Mark Coles, Kim Midwood, Jelena Bezbradica-Mirkovic (KTPS): Role of Extracellular Matrix Modulation on Lymph Node Function: A Novel Regulator of Immune Responses.
Michael Dustin, Lynn Dustin, Stefan Baliant (KTPS): Supramolecular attack particles in infectious and autoimmune disease
Yoshifumi Itoh, Richard Williams (KTPS): Investigation of microenvironment signals that lead into cartilage degradation in rheumatoid arthritis
Luke Justins-Dean, Michael Dustin (KTPS): T cell receptor binding affinity and immune activation in chronic inflammatory disease
Anjali Kusumbe, Michael Dustin (KTPS): Interrogating the role of vascular microenvironments during T cell development
Jagdeep Nanchahal, Wyatt Yue, Nicola Burgess-Brown (KTPS): Elucidation of chemokine-receptor structure and signalling pathways to develop novel therapeutics
Stephen Sansom, Paul Bowness (KTPS): A single-cell genomics-based investigation of spondyloarthritis
Katja Simon, Fiona Powrie, Ghada Alsaleh (KTPS): Are metabolites generated by the microbiota key to a young immune system?
Irina Udalova, Mark Coles (KTPS): Molecular regulation of neutrophil responses in inflammation
Tonia Vincent, Anjali Kusube (KTPS): Targeting Notch signaling to treat osteoarthritis pain
Fiona Watt, Luke Jostins-Dean, Tonia Vincent, Gary Collins (KTPS): Molecular and clinical prediction of osteoarthritis risk after knee joint injury
Kim Midwood, Chris Buckley (RACE-VA): Using changes in the synovial microenvironment to define disease progression and treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis
Irina Udalova (RACE-VA): Immuno-geography of synovial lining and macrophage function
Michael Dustin (RACE-VA): Induction of T cell tolerance
Claudia Monaco (MRC): The biology of vascular macrophages
Eamonn Gaffney, Mark Coles (EPSRC): Modelling Cytokine Interactions: simulating network dynamics under uncertainty for cytokine targeting treatments of auto-immune and inflammatory diseases

Please apply via recruiter’s website.