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.

The following iCASE studentships are offered for entry in 2021:


Project Titles Lead Supervisor(s) Lead Partner Organisation(s) Application Deadline Eligible Candidates

SOMAmer technology to diagnose coronavirus infection: veterinary and zoonotic implications

Dr Erica Bickerton The Pirbright Institute CLOSED  

Using optimal control approaches to understand resistance in the management of Septoria

Professor Mike Bonsall University of Oxford 22nd January 2021  
Synthetic biology engineering of ultra-stable proteins to promote gastrointestinal immunity Professor Mark Howarth University of Oxford 22nd January 2021  
Assessing the functionality of avian BST2 as a viral restriction factor Dr Holly Shelton The Pirbright Institute 22nd January 2021  

Novel flow devices and development of process automation for H2-driven biocatalysis

Dr Tim Sudmeier University of Oxford  16th April 2021 Home fees only

Single particle cryogenic super-resolution microscopy solves multi-protein structures of nuclear pore complexes

Dr Lin Wang STFC


Physiological cross-talk between the liver and gut in healthy aging Professor Fiona Powrie University of Oxford 16th April 2021 Home fees only
Leveraging evolutionary genetics methods to understand the effects of rare variation in metabolism and improve polygenic risk score prediction Dr Jerome Kelleher University of Oxford CLOSED  
Charting Cytoskeleton-Organelle Interplay in Living Cells Through High Resolution 3D Correlative Cryo-Imaging Dr Maria Harkiolaki Diamond Light Source 16th April 2021 Home fees only


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 University's Graduate Admissions page. 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.

Please include with your application a statement of no more than 500 words that explains your suitability for and interest in the advertised project and in joining the DTP. We will also require a CV (please see the 'how to apply page' for further details on submitting your CV) and 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).