UKRI-BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships

UKRI-BBSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships

In addition to the main field of studentships awarded through the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, the DTP annually awards a number of UKRI-BBSRC-supported Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships that enable eligible students to work with a specific academic supervisor or supervisory team within the DTP and with a specific non-academic organisation.

UKRI-BBSRC iCASE students enrolled in the DTP have the opportunity to join the vibrant and diverse cohort of students enrolled in the DTP, and benefit from an individually tailored programme of training in quantitative, computational and professional skills within the DTP, which complements the training they receive from their academic supervisor and industrial partner in project-specific and professional skills. iCASE students are not required to undertake rotation projects, or professional placements through the DTP's Doctoral Internship Scheme, but are required to undertake a minimum 12-week placement with the non-academic partner organisation during the course of their studies.

You can apply both for an iCASE studentship and for entry to the main DTP programme. If you wish to do this we will ask you to submit a single online application, but to submit an additional statement of purpose to us via e-mail to, so that we have an appropriate statement of purpose for both your iCASE application and your application to the main DTP programme. If you wish to apply for an iCASE studentship at one university (e.g. Oxford Brookes) and an application for the main DTP programme or another iCASE studentship at a different university (e.g. University of Oxford) you will need to submit an online application to both institutions. 

The following iCASE studentships are available for 2023 entry:

Project Titles Lead Supervisor(s) Lead Partner Organisation(s) Application Deadline
How chloride channel CLIC5 amplifies inflammatory signalling in fibroblasts-macrophage crosstalk Dr Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic University of Oxford CLOSED
Deciphering the lipid code for lysosomal channels and transporters in inflammatory, metabolic, and neurological disorders Professor Simon Newstead University of Oxford CLOSED
Non-invasive phenotyping of muscle function using multi-nuclear MR Dr Ladislav Valkovič University of Oxford CLOSED
Transient expression of sustainable food proteins in alternative plant species Professor Renier van der Hoorn University of Oxford CLOSED
Investigating long-term, post-acute effects of psychedelics on cognitive function: neurobiological and psychological mechanisms Professor Mark Walton University of Oxford CLOSED


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.

The fastest, most efficient and preferred method of application to the University of Oxford is via the secure online application form. Applications to individual projects are to be made through the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, ensuring you follow the instructions regarding our pilot assessment procedure. Please put the title of the project in the box marked 'proposed field of study'. 

If you have a query about the application form itself, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly at For other queries, please contact the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP on

Details of how to apply to the DTP via Oxford Brookes University are available here.