PhD Plus

PhD Plus awards are intended to extend a 3-year PhD into a 4-year studentship. The aim of these awards is to allow students who have already made outstanding progress to carry out additional studies that will greatly add to the value of their research and potentially result in high-quality papers or further funding.


Submission period opening

December 7th, 2022

Submission period closing

5pm, February 13th, 2023

Notification of funding decision


Grant duration

6-12 months

Funding amount

Up to £1500 pcm stipend and

up to £600 pcm consumables


  • Flexible funding that can run for 6-12 months.
  • Up to £1500 per month for stipend and up to £600 per month for consumables.


  • Applicants must be either Rosetrees-funded PhD students or clinical fellows or work in a Rosetrees-funded laboratory (supervisor or co-supervisor holds an active Rosetrees grant).
  • Applicants must be 3-year PhD students who are entering their 3rd year. Students who have already submitted their PhD thesis are not eligible to apply.
  • We will consider applications from clinical and surgical fellows to convert a MD/MS into a PhD.

Evaluation process

  • Applications will be assessed by a scientific panel and selected for funding based on their scientific quality and the potential impact of adding a 4th PhD year.
  • Applications that will potentially benefit a small patient population must show that their research could have broader applicability in the future to a wider patient population.
  • The final funding decision will be subject to internal approval.


For general enquiries regarding eligibility and the application process, please contact Richard Miller (

How to apply

To apply for PhD Plus funding, please click on this link.