BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships

Anually, the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP awards a number of BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships. BBSRC iCASE studentships enable students to undertake specific research projects that involve both an academic and non-academic partner. These studentships may be awarded via the DTP, or through Industrial CASE Partnership Awards held by non-academic organisations.  iCASE studentships provide outstanding students with access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting. The partner organisation also benefits from recruiting a motivated doctoral student who is capable of undertaking cutting-edge research.

BBSRC iCASE students who have an academic supervisor within the University of Oxford or at Oxford Brookes University have the opportunity to join the vibrant and diverse cohort of students enrolled in the DTP, and the wider cohort of students enrolled in graduate programmes within the Doctoral Training Centre. By participating in DTP training students benefit from an individually tailored programme of training in quantitative, computational and professional skills within an interdisciplinary environment, which complements the training they receive from their academic supervisor and industrial partner in project-specific and professional skills. Students are required to undertake a placement lasting a minimum of twelve weeks with the non-academic partner organisation during the course of their studies, and receive specific training in business, enterprise and commercial skills.

iCASE students do not normally undertake the two rotation projects undertaken by students in the main cohort of DTP students, but can optionally do so if the development and application of diverse skills available within multiple research groups will be of benefit for their research.

iCASE studentships supported by the DTP will be advertised on the DTP website when they become available. Students interested in applying for these studentships should contact the academic supervisor, or the main contact provided for the project, in the first instance to determine whether they are encouraged to apply. The first deadline for applications for iCASE studentships for entry in October 2019 will be Friday 25 November 2018, but please check the advertisement for your preferred studentship as recommended application dates vary. Please note that BBSRC eligibility requirements apply to all students seeking to apply to iCASE studentships advertised via the DTP.

Students who are admitted to the DTP through the main field of applications may also have the opportunity to undertake an iCASE studentship if they choose to undertake a research project in collaboration with an eligible non-academic partner. In such cases, if the student chooses to undertake their substantive DPhil/PhD project in collaboration with the non-academic partner the project will be converted to an iCASE studentship, and the student will undertake a placement with the non-academic partner instead of a 12-week internship.

Non-academic organisations and academic supervisors interested in applying for and supervising BBSRC iCASE studentships via the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP should contact the Director, Prof. Gail Preston (, for further information in the first instance. 

Details of iCASE studentships that are currently available can be found here.