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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 (ICH) is a division of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences. Together with its partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, 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. The NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), which supports experimental medicine research for children and young people at ICH/GOSH, recently secured £37 million to take it into its third term, running to March 2022.

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 2020-21, 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 6-12 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 Genomic 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 expect to graduate with a UK 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree or equivalent from abroad.

Applicants who apply for the GOS ICH / University of Toronto PhD Studentship must be committed to spending 6-12 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 Postgraduate Research Funding 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 6th November 2019 from 1.00pm onwards. There will be an opportunity to discuss research opportunities, tour the Institute and view a display of posters by PhD students that demonstrates the range of ICH research. You will also have an opportunity to attend a Guest Lecture to be given by Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Institute for Global Health, UCL.

Closing date for applications to ICH: 29th November 2019
Interview dates: Thursday 26th and Friday 27th March 2020


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