The RDM Scholars Programme

The RDM Scholars Programme is the Department's flagship programme, providing a number of fully funded 4-year scholarships for basic science students. The programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality.

The RDM Scholars Programme combines funding from a variety of sources, including Departmental funding, the Medical Research Council and the Clarendon Fund. An RDM Scholarship covers University and College fees and a generous stipend of £18,000 per annum.


The RDM Scholars Programme is advertised each October for admission the following October. You can find key information on application deadlines below.

list of projects and supervisors is made available in October each year. Applicants can select up to 3 projects and should list these in order of preference on the application form. A small number of applicants have their own plans for a research project or develop a research project in collaboration with a proposed supervisor which is not on the DPhil projects list. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact their prospective supervisor(s) to discuss projects before submitting their application.

To be considered for the RDM Scholars Programme you must submit an application online using the normal University application form. Please see our how to apply page for information on how to complete the application form to apply for the RDM Scholars Programme.

Applicants will be shortlisted by a minimum of three academically qualified assessors and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. We are able to contribute some funds to assist applicants attending Oxford in person, but we also conduct interviews by Skype where appropriate.

At interview you will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation on your research to date. This will be followed by an interview of approximately 20 minutes, which will focus on your scientific background and your motivation to undertake the research project you have chosen. It is important that you have discussed your preferred project with the proposed supervisor in advance of the interview.

Key Dates

For October 2017 entry, the application deadline is 6th January 2017 at 12 noon (midday). Please note that all application materials, including references, must be received by this date in order for your application to be considered.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 25th & 26th January 2017.

Offers will be made in early February 2017.