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

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


We advertise the RDM Scholars Programme, along with projects and supervisors,  each October for admission the following October.

You can select up to three projects and should list these in order of preference on the application form. 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 University application form. Please see our how to apply page for information on how to complete the application form.

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 five minute presentation on a research project you have conducted. This will be followed by an interview of approximately 20 minutes, which will focus on your scientific background and your motivation for your chosen DPhil project. It is important that you have discussed your preferred project with the proposed supervisor in advance of the interview.

Key Dates

For October 2019 entry, the application deadline is 11 January 2019 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 during the week commencing 28 January 2019.

Offers will be made in February 2019.

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