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Child Health Research PhD Studentships & UCL GOS ICH / University Of Toronto PhD Studentship

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH) is a division of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences. Together with its partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, GOS ICH forms the largest concentration of children’s health research in Europe.

The great strength of UCL's research was reaffirmed in REF 2014. ICH was part of a UCL return to the Clinical Medicine sub-panel 1, and Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care sub-panel 2 (Main Panel A). In both sub-panels, 80% of UCL's research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent. In assessment of research power, UCL’s performance was top in the UK for sub-panel 1 and was second in the UK for sub-panel 2. Support from the NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), underpins all translational research at GOS ICH and GOSH.

The Institute is committed to high quality postgraduate education and has a strong track record of training and support for its postgraduates. A high level of interaction exists across the Institute between basic scientists, clinicians and population health scientists.

The Institute is offering a number of research studentships for the academic year 2022-23, supported by the Child Health Research PhD Programme. In addition, an additional funded studentship is available whereby the student from GOS ICH will be expected to spend 6 months of their PhD carrying out research at the University of Toronto as part of a reciprocal academic exchange arrangement with the University. This placement will typically take place during the second year of the studentship.

Applicants selected for funding will be able to choose from the following research areas:

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics and Genomics Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation
  • Population, Policy and Practice

Applications are invited from committed individuals wishing to do basic, translational or clinical research for the benefit of child health, and who have a good first degree (UK 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree or equivalent from abroad) and who will have a Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a relevant discipline by the time of registration.

Applicants who apply for the GOS ICH / University of Toronto PhD Studentship must be committed to spending 6 months of their PhD carrying out research at the University of Toronto.

For information about the studentships, how to apply, and the projects available, please refer to the GOS ICH Funding and studentships website. You are asked to read the application instructions for each funded opportunity carefully. Please note, applications that are submitted without following the correct procedure may not be considered.

You may also be interested in attending the ICH Open Day on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 from 1.30pm onwards. Applicants can attend presentations on research degrees, hear from some current students and visit our virtual research student poster competition.

Closing date for applications to ICH: 26th November 2021
Interview dates: Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March 2022


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