Postgraduate Studentships

Purpose: The BSAC studentship scheme is designed to ensure a flow of first-class postgraduate students into the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy, providing students with an excellent training in research. 

Specific Call for PhD Studentship Applications: In 2016 The BSAC gave priority to the following research topics for PhD Studentship grant applications: 1) Diagnostics and 2) Antimicrobial Stewardship. For more information please view the document “Specific Topic Call for 2016 PhD Studentship Applications” on this page.

Applications were also invited under the usual areas of interest:

  • Mechanisms of antibacterial action
  • Mechanisms of antibacterial resistance
  • Antiviral resistance
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungals
  • Antibiotic methods
  • Antibiotic prescribing
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Antiparasitics
  • Evidence based medicine / systematic reviews

About PhD Studentships: Applications for BSAC PhD Studentships are usually invited every other year, subject to review (including the availability of funds and approval by BSAC Council).

EligibilityBSAC Studentships are open to applicants on a worldwide/international basis. Applications must be made by an established investigator who will be the supervisor, and who has previously received funding for three or fewer studentships.

Only applications for named students will be accepted.

The applicant is seen as the Lead Supervisor. Studentships are awarded to students who have (or are expected to obtain) a 1st class or high upper 2nd class degree; or a Master’s degree with merit or distinction. If a student’s degree has not been awarded at the time of application, the applicant must state the grade(s) the student is expected  to achieve.
The BSAC considers applications for research training leading to a PhD / DPhil, or equivalent post graduate research degree qualification (eg. MD/DM, DDS/DMD, PharmD, DNurs). International students are eligible if approved by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland University / College.

Duration of Studentship GrantsBSAC studentships are designed to support a PhD Student for up to 4 years in duration.

Value of Studentship GrantsUp to a maximum of £25,000 per year, for the duration of the grant (covering fees for a maximum of 4 years in duration). Non EU applicants will need to ensure their host institution is able to support any additional costs outside of this £25,000 award i.e. any additional funds required outside of the value of this grant will need to be sought elsewhere.
Applications may include: Student stipend, Tuition fees (set by the research institution) and Research consumables directly attributable to the project.

Payment / Claiming Funds: Payment will be made directly to the host institution, who will administer the grant on behalf of the student. Payment is made upon receipt of an official invoice from the Secretary/Finance Officer of the Institution where the applicant is based. Funds can be claimed in advance or in arrears on a quarterly,  six-monthly or annual basis. The maximum amount that can be claimed per annum is £25,000.

Application Process: Applications received in this category are subject to a four-step review process as follows: 1) an initial triage process, 2) an external peer review process,  3) a final triage process; and 4) final review by The BSAC Grants Committee*. The initial triage (step 1) is to assess the eligibility of all applicants & research topics, applications not successful at this stage will be rejected and applicants notified directly. The final triage process (step 3) is to assess external peer review scores, applications not successful at this stage will be rejected and applicants notified directly.
*The final review process (step 4) takes place at The BSAC grants committee meeting, held in May of each year. Applicants are notified of a final decision by the 31 May each year. 

How to Apply for a Studentship: Applicants must complete the application form on this page. The application form must not be altered in any way.

Applications must be submitted with pages set in the precise order below*:

  • The completed application form
  • Additional information must be provided as outlined on page 3 of the application form (in the precise order below*):
    • Abstract
    • Background
    • Hypothesis to be investigated
    • Aims of proposed research
    • Plan of investigation
    • GANNT chart / timetable for proposed research
    • Costs, with justification for costs
    • What the student will gain from this project and what techniques the student will receive training in
  • Approval from the Host Institute / Department:
    • A letter from the head of department stating the institute/department supports the research project & student
    • A statement confirming the student meets all registration requirements of the host institute to successfully carry out the research project
    • Please note: BSAC cannot and does not advise on sponsors or host institutes
  • A brief CV of the supervisor(s). Maximum 2x A4 sides
  • Two academic letters of reference supporting the student
  • A record of the student’s academic performance (for non-UK university degrees: evidence from the graduate office that the degree held conforms to a UK 2.1 degree, or higher)
  • A full CV of the student, plus a statement of their career intentions
  • A signed copy of The BSAC Terms and Conditions form (before making an application applicants are advised to read all Terms and Conditions and Standard Operating Procedures found at: BSAC T&Cs/SOPS)
  • Documents must be submitted via The BSAC grants online submission system:
    • The grant online submission system will produce a single pdf document of all information uploaded – applicants must check this pdf document to ensure all information is clear and in the order requested.
    • *Applications not submitted with pages set in the order outlined above will be returned to the applicant for revision. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

Terms & Conditions: The Terms and Conditions for all BSAC Grants and Scholarships are published on the BSAC website at: BSAC T&Cs/SOPS.  The applicant and host institute is required to read the terms and conditions before completing any application form. Applicants are required to submit a signed copy of the BSAC Terms and Conditions form, submitting this with their application form.

Next Call for Applications: To be announced.

Next Applications Deadline: To be announced.

Award Dates: By 31 May following the year of application.

Number of Awards: Subject to availability of funding.

Final Reports: Final reports must be submitted by principal applicants to The BSAC using the Report Form at the top of this page. Applicants who have completed any report(s) relating to this grant for their Institute can include this with the completed BSAC report form. All reports should be sent via email to:

Reports should include the following information based on your project:

  • A summary of the aims and objectives of the project:
    • broad findings or conclusions (maximum 2x A4 pages)
  • Any publications arising from the project:
    • a list of any publications arising from the research carried out
    • include details of any articles which have been accepted, or are planned for publication within the next 24 months as a result of this award (please provide any definite or provisional publication dates)
  • Any other outputs arising from the project:
    • give details of any other way in which the results of the research has been or will be disseminated i.e. oral and / or poster presentations at conferences
    • give details if the research has led to any additional funding from alternative funding bodies, or if you plan to seek additional funding in the future as a result of BSAC funding received (please provide details of the funding scheme / organisation etc.)
    • give details if any new research tools or methods have been developed, or if you plan to develop any new research tools or methods in the future as a result of BSAC funding received (please provide details of the tool / method with a brief description about this)
    • give details if any commercialisation of IP arising is anticipated as a result of BSAC funding received, either now or in the future
  • A brief evaluation of the strengths and weakness of the research
  • A summary of the actual costs compared to the estimated expenditure in your submitted grant application
  • Any remaining funds in hand must either be returned to the Society immediately or if you wish to continue to draw on these funds for a limited period after the end of the award (no cost extension applies), you should write with details of when and how the money will be used.

Reviewers Feedback to Grant Applicants:
The BSAC only offers feedback for those applications that are peer-reviewed by external reviewers (Research, Education & PhD Studentship applications), and only if applicants specifically request this.

Correspondence: All correspondence, including submission of the final reports, should be sent via email to:


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