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      PhD studentships

      Our PhD studentship scheme aims to encourage the best students to become involved in hearing, deafness and tinnitus research in the UK.

      We will not be running our PhD Studentship scheme in 2019. The next call for applications will be launched in early 2020, for grants beginning in October 2021.

      The projects should bring tangible benefits closer for people who are deaf, have tinnitus or hearing loss. 

      We also encourage applications for co-funded PhD studentships. This may be with the host institute or an external partner (e.g. another funding body, charity or company).

      Summary of grant

      • Deadline: We are not running this scheme in 2019. The next call will launch in early 2020.
      • Duration: Three years
      • Eligibility: Students and supervisors must be based at a recognised UK university or research institute
      • Value: £75,000 (outside of London), or £79,500 (London). Applications for partial funds will also be considered where the outstanding funds have/will be applied for from the host institute or an external source.

      Application procedure


      The call and guidelines, application form and application form guidance document for last year's scheme can be downloaded below. These files will be updated when the new call is announced. Please note that applications must be submitted by the proposed supervisor:

      Selection procedure

      All proposals are sent to two/three external referees, usually within the UK, who are asked to judge the scientific merit of the project as well as the suitability of the project for a PhD student. These reviews and the original proposals are then rated by our PhD review panel. The top-rated proposals are then funded.

      Applicants are notified of the outcome as soon as possible. We aim to decide on the successful projects before Christmas each year to allow successful applicants plenty of time to recruit a suitable student.

      Action on Hearing Loss PhD review panel

      • Dr Mike Bowl, MRC Harwell, Oxford
      • Prof Stuart Rosen, University College London
      • Prof Marcelo Rivolta, University of Sheffield
      • Prof Andy King, University of Oxford
      • Prof Jennifer Linden, University College London, Ear Institute
      • Dr Christian Füllgrabe, University of Nottingham
      • Prof Andrea Streit, King’s College London
      • Dr William Sedley, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

      Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and open access publications

      Action on Hearing Loss is a member of the Europe PMC Funders' Group. We support open access publications and require Action on Hearing Loss grant-holders to make their publications open access.

      Read our open access publication policy for more information and visit the Europe PMC website.

      For more information

      If you'd like more information about the PhD Studentship Grant, please get in touch:

      Telephone: +44(0)20 3227 6159

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