Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology - 4 Year PhD Prize Studentships

Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology - 4 Year PhD Prize Studentships

Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

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 five fully funded, highly prestigious 4-year prize PhD studentships awarded by the Kennedy Trust (

The awards are available to students worldwide and include a generous stipend (over £22,000) and competitive allowance for laboratory expenses and international conference travel. The application deadline is noon, Friday 11th January 2019. Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in the week commencing 28th January 2019.

Our doctoral training programme offers:

Biomedical research projects across a wide range of themes, including immunology, inflammation biology, 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 to single cell genomics. (

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.

Successful applicants will join an innovative and exciting PhD 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.


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). Our website details 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 student:

2019 Projects:

  • A novel arterial macrophage subset in atherosclerosis (Claudia Monaco, Irina Udalova, Ashok Handa)
  • Are metabolites generated by the microbiota key to a young immune system? (Katja Simon, Ghada Alsaleh)
  • Can we predict osteoarthritis? Investigating its genetic risk after knee joint injury (Fiona Watt, Luke Justins, Tonia Vincent, Ele Zeggni)
  • Characterising Key Determinants of Fibroblast Function in Immune Mediated Inflammatory Disease (Christopher Buckley, Mark Coles)
  • Development of image-based method for the quantitative assessment of cartilage damage from CT images as a biomarker in osteoarthritis (Han Lim, Bartlomiej Papiez)
  • Does angiotensin signaling control NGF-mediated pain in osteoarthritis? (Tonia Vincent, Fiona Watt)
  • How does immunometabolism vary in time and space in the germinal centre? (Alex Clarke, Richard Cornall)
  • Investigating the causes of inflammatory arthritis with computational and single-cell genomics (Stephen Sansom, Paul Bowness)
  • Is there a unique stool and blood inflammatory signature in Ankylosing Spondylitis? (Paul Bowness, Fiona Powrie)
  • Microenvironmental training in the maintenance and breakdown of intestinal homeostasis (Kim Midwood, Fiona Powrie)
  • Novel microscopy approaches for investigating relation between the spatio-temporal dynamics of actin filaments and Ca2+ response patterns during T-cell activation (Marco Fritzsche, Mike Dustin)
  • Priming of the NLRP3 inflammasome in sterile inflammation (Jelena Mirkovic, Kim Midwood)
  • Regional humoral immunity in the lung; exploring the function and biology of resident memory B cells in resistance against influenza virus (Tal Arnon, Irina Udalova)
  • The role of tissue damage-associated lipids in triggering pathogenic neutrophil responses in inflammatory diseases (Irina Udalova, Christopher Buckley)
  • Tryptophan catabolites in the regulation of immune cell differentiation and function (Richard Williams, Trevor Stone)
  • Understand the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease using single-cell data (Fiona Powrie, Lilian Lam)
  • Interrogating the role of vascular microenvironments during T cell Development (Anjali Kusumbe, Mike Dustin)

Please apply via recruiter’s website.