Non-Clinical PhD Studentships

To allow talented students to complete a PhD in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK.


  • The BHF will be moving to a new research Grants Management System in January 2020.
  • We will no longer be accepting applications through the current GMS for Non-Clinical PhD Studentships after the 31st of October 2019.
  • If you have started an application but are unable to submit it by the deadline, please save a copy of the PDF for future use.

Entry requirements

  • Awarded or expected 1st class or high upper 2nd class BSc degree, or MSc with merit or distinction.
  • Residency requirements no longer apply.

Grant duration

  • Three years.

Award may include

  • Student stipend at current BHF rates.
  • Tuition fees at standard home student rate (set by the research institution).
  • Research consumables directly attributable to the project, usually less then £10,000 per year.

How to apply

Who can apply?

The application must be made by an established investigator who will be the supervisor and may be for a named or unnamed student. The primary supervisor must devote a minimum of 10% of their time to supervising the student and a second supervisor should also be included.

Extra scrutiny will be given to applications from institutions in receipt of a BHF Research Excellence award or from supervisors named on a BHF 4 year PhD Scheme. These applications will require additional justification and should be for named students only.

The BHF does not provide ‘top-up’ funding for existing PhD studentships supported by other grant giving organisations, which are incompletely funded.

Additional information

You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online application form containing the following information:

  1. For resubmissions, include an unedited copy of the original feedback followed by a detailed response, limited to 3 sides of A4, explaining how the revised application has changed from the original submission.
  2. Abstract of the proposed investigation in 200 words or less. 
  3. Background to the project and pilot data.
  4. Original hypothesis.
  5. Experimental details and design of proposed investigation. 
  6. Power calculations.
  7. Expected value of results.
  8. List of references relevant to the proposed project.
  9. The contribution to be made by each co-applicant and collaborator (maximum of one A4 side).
  10. List of recent relevant publications from supervisor.
  11. Appendices should be a maximum of 3 sides of A4 containing only tables or figures essential to the understanding of the application. Research papers whether published, in press or in preparation may not be attached (although hyperlinks can be provided).
  12. Statement detailing the scientific techniques in which the student will be trained.
  13. Full CV of the candidate, including list of publications, statement of career intentions and academic email address (named student only).
  14. Statement of Academic Performance (named student only).
  15. Two academic references (named student only).
  16. For named students with non-UK university degrees - evidence from Graduate Office that degree conforms to 2.1 degree or better.
  17. Supporting letters from collaborators.
  18. Valid copy of ethical approval if relevant.

Sections 2-7 must not exceed six A4 sides. The PDF file size must not exceed 20MB.

Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to formal consideration.

The BHF is prepared to consider funding or part-funding studentships that include research experience with an industry partner. Please contact our office for advice if you are considering applying for a co-funded studentship.

Decision process

There are no closing dates.

Please submit the application when it is ready. Receipt will be acknowledged within 24 hours and we will advise you when you can expect the result. A decision will be reached by the Fellowships Committee (four meetings a year) after it has considered external peer review reports.

Allow six months from submission to decision.

Apply online