PhD grant

This grant part-funds PhD studentships in human nutrition.

We welcome applications from staff at UK universities and other eligible organisations, such as research institutes. Potential PhD supervisors apply to us for funding, then recruit the student who will benefit. The purpose of the grant is to support and encourage the next generation of research scientists in human nutrition by helping universities and research institutes to meet the cost of supervising research degree programmes.

The grant is for a total of £10,000 a year for up to four years and is designed to be used in conjunction with matched funding from another source, such as a charity, industry or Research Council.

You can also apply for an extra £1,000 a year to attend conferences in the UK or overseas.

This grant is awarded annually by our Nutrition Committee.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 7th November 2021.

Eligibility of applicants

  1. The maximum award is £10,000 per annum for up to four years. This can be used to co-fund a studentship with support from a Research Council or other source (foundation, charity, industry). The total support to the student should be consistent with current stipends of UK Research Councils and the co-funding should be equal to the amount requested from Rank Prize.  The award is not intended to ‘top up’ existing studentships which are fully funded from other sources.
  2. The topic of the study must be relevant to human nutrition and can only be changed after the award is made with the agreement of Rank Prize.
  3. Students should be registered with an appropriate UK University and receive a full training programme in specialist and transferable skills.
  4. Students are expected to complete and submit their thesis within four years from the start of the award.
  5. Students may be invited to meet the Rank Prize Nutrition Committee at the start, approximately halfway through and at the end of their project.
  6. Copies of reports and assessments required by the University should be provided to Rank Prize to enable us to assess progress, but responsibility for ensuring this will remain with the University of registration.
  7. Students may on occasion be asked to submit a short, informal summary of their progress which may be used on the Rank Prize website and social media channels.
  8. The support of Rank Prize must be acknowledged in all publications and presentations arising from the work.
  9. One application to be submitted per Department, selected and approved by the Head.
  10. The closing date is 23:59 on Sunday 7 November 2021 and the award will be announced on or around 10 December 2021.