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The 1st Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship

The 1st Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship

MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit and Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland. Stipend £20,000 per annum tax-free.

Professor Lady Tricia Cohen was one of the two co-founding Principal Investigators (PIs) of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee when it was set up in 1990. In those days, the Unit comprised only 15 scientific and support staff but has since grown to 14 PIs and over 200 scientific and support staff. Tricia joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Dundee in 1971, where she was the first woman to combine running a research team with bringing up a young family. Tricia became a pioneer in developing our understanding of protein phosphatases, the enzymes that remove phosphate from proteins, and area in which she had an international reputation. She died from lymphoma in 2020. To read more about Tricia’s life and career please click here and here.

We are seeking applications from bright and enthusiastic students with an outstanding academic record for the inaugural Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship, which has been set up in Tricia’s memory. The successful applicant can start at any time in 2022 and will work in one of the 12 laboratories chosen to host the inaugural studentship. To view the list of projects, click here.

The 1st Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship

Applicants are invited to select one of the projects on offer, which are all focused on molecular and/or genetic aspects of cell regulation and human disease, the field in which Tricia was most interested. The entire 4-year PhD studentship will be spent in the laboratory of choice.

Students will have access to all the world class research facilities of the MRC-PPU and Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine. The stipend is £20,000 per annum tax-free, fees are covered, as well as the cost of attending an international conference during the PhD.

To apply for the 1st Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship, candidates are asked to submit a CV with the names and contact details of three referees, and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) explaining why you have chosen to apply to the particular laboratory and project being offered to We aim to recruit inclusively and applications from all backgrounds and nationalities are welcomed. More details here.

Applications should be made as soon as possible, but no later than November 30th 2021.

The 1st Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship