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Most of our students, whether basic scientists or clinical fellows, are fully funded. The department is able to offer full funding at a generous level for basic scientists and our Principal Investigators have considerable experience in supporting clinicians in their applications for Clinical Research Fellowships (CRF).

Our flagship RDM Scholars Programme provides fully funded four-year scholarships for basic science students. The programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality. © Martin Phelps

Funding for Basic Scientists

RDM Scholars Programme

Our flagship funding programme provides a number of fully-funded four-year scholarships for basic science students. The programme is open to any outstanding candidates. The RDM Scholars Programme is advertised each September for students who want to start the following October.

WIMM Prize Studentships

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, which is one of the constituent institutes of RDM, has a number of scholarships available to students of any nationality.

Black Academic Futures

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine is participating in Black Academic Futures via the Medical Sciences Division's guarantee of at least 10 places per year across its doctoral programmes.  

China Scholarship Council match funded scheme 

The University of Oxford offers a number of scholarships to Chinese students who demonstrate both academic excellence and leadership potential jointly with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) (on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Education).

Eligible applicants who wish to submit an application naming Radcliffe Department of Medicine Supervisors should follow the instructions on the How to Apply pages and apply by the 1 December 2023 deadline. When completing the application, applicants should enter 'CSC-Oxford' in the funding field.

After you have submitted your application please inform, including your application number and CV in your email.



There are a range of other funding sources, some of which are attached to particular programmes elsewhere in the University. On many of these programmes candidates are placed within RDM to work with a supervisor here.

Funding for Clinicians

Many of the clinicians studying with us are funded through Clinical Research Fellowships (CRFs) from a range of sources, including the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Applications for CRFs are made separately, but your prospective supervisor will be happy to provide advice on the opportunities that may be available and how to make a successful application. In line with the normal duration of CRFs, clinical projects are usually structured for completion in three years.


The main purpose of this programme is to train the next generation of leaders in the medical sciences field. By combining the strength of our partners, it is aimed at students with a clinical background with an interest in pursuing research in a scientific field related to medicine. The participants will be receiving innovative and interdisciplinary education spanning scientific research as well as clinical training in Oxford, through a novel and personalized approach.

Eligible students: Final year students from China’s top Medical Universities (who are about to complete their 8 years MD study or already have completed their MD study and 3 year PHD + within one year in China).

  • CSC-CAMS/PUMC candidates should apply to the scheme following the CSC-CAMS/PUMC guidelines.
  • They should also submit an application by the 1 December 2023 deadline for the Radcliffe Department of Medicine's DPhil in Medical Sciences, following the advice on the How to Apply pages.
  • Applications for the DPhil in Medical Sciences must name only Radcliffe Department of Medicine Supervisors.


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