Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research is inviting applications for its first graduate PhD funding programme which aims to encourage innovative academic research into the treatment of people living with spinal cord injury (SCI), currently around 50,000 in the UK alone.

The programme, which launches on Monday 28th September, hopes to attract budding research graduates looking for funding for their projects, which in turn, could lead to brand-new treatments and preventions for people with spinal cord injury, who often experience many complications as a result. 

SMSR Research Manager, Derek Cutler, explained: “Our new PhD studentships will enable high quality graduates to develop the skills to build an independent career in academic research related to one of our priority areas; urinary tract infection, pressure ulcers, neuropathic pain and assistive technology for upper limb function. We provide grants of up to £100,000, normally for up to three years, to support course fees, living costs, and research costs.”

Application forms are available from: 

The deadline for submissions is Monday 30th November, 5pm, with interviews to be held in February 2021.