Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Research

In addition to our fully-funded PhD studentships, the Programme is also open to a wider cohort of AMR PhD students. PhD students registered and studying at any UK university/institution who are researching AMR or AMR-related PhD projects funded by any source, including overseas and self-funded students are eligible to apply. The next application round to join the wider cohort of students in the National PhD Training Programme in AMR research will be in spring 2019.

Joining this training cohort will add value to your PhD studies by linking you with a UK-wide network of AMR PhD students and giving you:   

  • All expenses paid attendance at a one-week summer residential interdisciplinary training course (once during your PhD) led by AMR cross-council funded academics.
  • Travel expenses to attend National PhD Training AMR conferences, to be held annually from 2018 to the end of your PhD.
  • Access to a bespoke online learning environment  to facilitate peer-to-peer networking, question setting and mentoring.

The Programme 

The Medical Research Foundation has invested £4m to create the only national PhD Training Programme that will train new researchers to explore ways to tackle AMR, one of the greatest emerging threats to human health. The strategic objectives of this National PhD Training Programme in AMR are to develop a strong and active network of new researchers for the UK with multidisciplinary skills who will be able to develop, undertake and, potentially, lead AMR research which crosses the traditional boundaries between research disciplines and sectors.


Applications will open in the spring of 2019 to join this wider, national cohort of PhD students studying AMR. PhD students (in years 1 to 4 or part-time equivalent) who are registered and studying at any UK university/institution researching AMR or AMR-related projects in any discipline (e.g. social sciences, arts, humanities, law and economics; life and biomedical sciences; clinical, dental and veterinary sciences; physical sciences and engineering).

All eligible and successful applicants will be invited to join the National PhD Training Programme in AMR and attend a one-day AMR conference at the University of Bristol in August 2019.

Some National PhD Training cohort members will also be invited to attend an all-expenses paid residential training week (at the University of Bristol) from 12-16 August 2019 (including the conference which will take place that week). Further residential training weeks will be held in subsequent years for the remaining students.

Applications will open in spring 2019

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