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PhD studentships

Our PhD studentship scheme aims to encourage the best students to become involved in hearing, deafness and tinnitus research in the UK.

The projects should bring tangible benefits closer for deaf people and those who have hearing loss or tinnitus.

One of this year’s awards in the area of anatomical hearing science will be jointly funded with the Anatomical Society. As the Society operates in the UK and Ireland, for our 2023 scheme, we will accept applications from researchers based at eligible UK and Irish research institutions.

We also encourage applications for co-funded PhD studentships. This may be with the host institute or an external partner (for example, another funding body, charity or company).

Summary of grant


The next call for applications will launch in summer 2024, for studentships beginning in October 2025.


3 years.


Students and supervisors must be based at a recognised UK or Irish university or research institute.


£79,899 (outside of London), or £85,899 (London). Applications for partial funds will also be considered where the outstanding funds are/will be applied for from the host institute or an external source.

In the last round of funding, we received 15 eligible applications and awarded 4 studentship grants.

Application procedure

Please note that applications must be submitted by the proposed supervisor.

Selection procedure

All proposals are sent to two/three external referees, usually within the UK, who are asked to judge the scientific merit of the project as well as the suitability of the project for a PhD student. These reviews and the original proposals are then rated by our Future Leaders review panel. The top-rated proposals are then funded.

Applicants are notified of the outcome as soon as possible, to allow successful applicants plenty of time to recruit a suitable student.

Future Leaders review panel

  • Professor Brian Moore, University of Cambridge (chair)
  • Professor Jennifer Linden, University College London
  • Dr Christian Füllgrabe, University College London
  • Professor Andrea Streit, King’s College London
  • Dr William Sedley, Newcastle University
  • Dr Mark Wallace, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Dan Jagger, University College London
  • Professor Walter Marcotti, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Chris Plack, University of Manchester
  • Dr Deborah Vickers, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Morag Lewis, King’s College London

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and open access publications

RNID is a member of the Europe PMC Funders’ Group. We support open access publications and require RNID grant-holders to make their publications open access.

Read our open access publication policy for more information and visit the Europe PMC website.

For more information

If you’d like more information about the PhD Studentship Grant, please get in touch:

  • Telephone: +44(0)20 3227 6159
  • Email: PhD@developer.rnid.org.uk

Page last updated: 9 October 2023

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