UKRI-BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships

UKRI-BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP awards a number of UKRI-BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships in partnership with a wide range of industrial partners and non-academic organisations, including studentships with DTP partner organisation NNRCO. UKRI-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 benefits from recruiting a highly motivated doctoral student who is capable of undertaking cutting-edge research.

UKRI-BBSRC iCASE students 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 iCASE 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. All iCASE students are required to undertake a placement lasting a minimum of 12 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 are 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 2020 will be January 23rd 2020, but please check the advertisement for your preferred studentship as recommended application dates vary. Please note that UKRI-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 UKRI-BBSRC iCASE studentships via the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP should contact the Director, Gail Preston (, for further information. 

Details of iCASE studentships that are currently available can be found here: BBSRC DTP iCASE Studentships 2020.

If you are interested in applying for an UKRI-BBSRC iCASE studentship please contact the named supervisor for further information and to determine whether they would encourage you to apply. Applicants who wish to apply for an UKRI-BBSRC iCASE studentship should make an enquiry to the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP via for advice on making a full and formal application to the University.

The fastest, most efficient and preferred method of application to the University of Oxford is via the secure online application form.

Please include with your application a statement of no more than 500 words that explains your suitability for and interest in the advertised project.  We would also require a CV, three confidential academic references. Two of these must be received through the online system before your application is released to us for assessment and your degree transcript(s).

Please see BBSRC DTP iCASE Studentships 2020 for the application deadline(s) for the available studentships.