PhD studentships - applications now being accepted

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research is an independent charity dedicated to funding research that will help to improve quality of life for people living with a spinal cord injury (SCI).

There are around 50,000 people living in the UK with SCI, many of whom will experience complications from their injury. We fund research in the following areas, each of which affects the quality of life of people living with SCI. We hope that this research leads to new treatments and therapies, deepening of understanding, and dissemination of best practice in these areas:

  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Assistive Technology Primarily for Upper Limb function

Eligibility and application process

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. We provide grants of up to £100,000 normally for up to 3 years, to support course fees, living costs, and research costs.

Research projects should aim to have clinical impact and a stated intention of disseminating the results of the work. Our emphasis is on the treatment of people with spinal cord injury which is non-progressive and we expect proposals to have this as their primary focus.

We accept applications from international students, but require that the host institution be based in the UK. We cover course fees up to the UK level. Note that due to the nature of our fundraising efforts, some funding may be restricted to particular institutions. 

All applications will be assessed on quality, feasibility and clinical impact by our independent Scientific Advisory Board.

To apply, please read our guidance for applicants, then complete our application form and return it to [email protected]. You should also ask your potential supervisor(s) to complete the supervisor form and return it to the same address before the deadline.


Call live: Monday 28th September 2020

Deadline for submission of applications: Monday 30th November 2020, 5pm UK time

Interviews to be held: February 2021

We expect to make final funding decisions in March 2021

If you have any questions, please contact Derek Cutler, Research Grants Manager [email protected] / tel: 07930 494681

Application documents