Author Topic: 2011 PhD Scholarships at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK  (Read 2358 times)


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PhD programme started in October 2009.  Two types of entry are available: 4 year PhDs incorporating a 9-month training course and a number of 3-year PhDs for those already holding an MSc or other professional qualifications or experience.

The projects with the best applicants will be awarded the funding. The funding is only available to applicants that meet the Non-UK Students criteria.

In most cases if you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work with the supervisors listed in the research projects will be considered.

The research projects below are in competition for funding. 

•   Exploring risks of evolution of resistance to the herbicide glyphosate in UK weedy plants (with Dr. Paul Neve)
•   Integrating modelling and molecular approaches to inform the evolution and management of resistance to herbicides in Alopecurus myosuroidesAlopecurus myosuroides (with Dr. Paul Neve)
•   Diversity and function of phytomyxid eukaryotes (Phylum Cercozoa) (with Dr Gary Bending and Dr David Bass of Natural History Museum, London)
•   Gene Expression Control and Cancer (with Professor John McCarthy)
•   Common Neurotoxic Mechanism in Parkinson's and Prion Diseases (with Dr. Teresa Pinheiro and Dr. Mark J. Wall)
•   Biogenesis of protein storage vacuoles in Arabidopsis thaliana (with  Dr Lorenzo Frigerio)
•   Proteins regulating shape and function of the plant endoplasmic reticulum (with Dr Lorenzo Frigerio)
•   Mechanism of the TAT protein transporter (Professor Colin Robinson and Dr Dan Mitchell)
•   Oligopeptidases in neurodegenerative diseases (with Professor Vilmos Fülöp)
•   3D Cryo-electron microscopy studies of Tat complexes (with Dr Corinne Smith and Professor Colin Robinson)
•   Dissecting early events in clathrin disassembly by the molecular chaperone, Hsc70. (with Dr Corinne Smith )
•   Selectivity in a hormone receptor complex (with Professor Richard Napier and Professor Vilmos Fulop)
•   Accurate chromosome segregation: how do you turn the spindle checkpoint off? (with Professor Jonathan Millar and Dr Andrew McAinsh)
•   Mechanics of force generation within the mitotic spindle (with Professor Jonathan Millar and Professor Rob Cross)
•   Modulation of  neuronal spine morphology by MAPK signalling during synaptic plasticity (with Dr Sonia Corrêa)
•   Molecular mechanisms in ageing, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (with Dr Kevin Moffat, Professor Bruno Frenguelli and Dr Jürgen Müller)
•   Molecular Mechanisms of Learning and Memory (Dr Sonia Correa and Professor Bruno Frenguelli)
•   Learning and memory (with Dr Kevin Moffat and Dr Sonia Correa)
•   Unravelling bacterial chromatin - the role of curved DNA binding proteins in Escherichia coli (with Dr David Grainger)
•   Molecular mechanisms controlling the bacterial cell cycle (with Dr David Grainger)

Please visit the scholarship web page to read the additional projects available at School of Life Sciences.

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Eligibility and Funding:
Funding: Your PhD can be funded through one of three ways:

1. The Life Sciences Doctoral Training Grant (DTG) can award BBSRC Studentships that cover
    * The payment of UK/EU academic fees
    * A maintenance grant

Applicants are in competition for funding.  Funding is only available to applicants that meet the eligibility criteria detailed below.
2. Applications from self-funded individuals are welcome; please contact for further information.
3. UK, EU and overseas individuals can apply for a Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship which will cover
    * The payment of UK/EU academic fees
    * A maintenance grant

How to Apply:

# Check that you're eligible for the funding
# Applications (CV + personal statement) should go directly to the Director of Life Sciences DTG, Colin Robinson (

When you apply, please choose Life Sciences PhD, C1PB and indicate the PhD project title(s), Department(s), Supervisors and Route you are particularly interested in under supporting information.  This will help us to direct your application details to the appropriate supervisor(s). Under the funding section, select Studentship and indicate you're applying for a BBSRC Life Sciences DTG studentship.

Send your CV and personal statement/letter of interest to the Director of the Life Sciences DTG, Professor Colin Robinson ( or upload it with your application.

Deadline: 4 March 2011

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend interview on 17 March 2011 (also the day of the open day). Decisions will be made shortly afterwards.

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