BJA/RCoA Non-Clinical PhD Studentships


Multiple Scientific Studentships, and 1 x History Studentship available

The closing date for all applications was noon, Friday 21 September 2018

Conditions and Information


The non-clinical studentship is intended to support a specific research project in Anaesthesia, Critical Care or Pain Management that will enable a home-EU-national student to register for a PhD at a UK University, for take up in 2019.


Applicants (supervisor) must be established members of Academic Departments of Anaesthetics, Critical Care and/or Pain Management or NHS Departments of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and/or Pain Management. The grant must be administered by one of these Departments and have the support of the head of that Department.
N.B. Previously successful applicants are not eligible to apply in this round

Scientific Studentship; multiple studentships available

Preference will be given to projects that involve the application of basic science to Anaesthesia, Critical Care or Pain Management but clinical research projects being carried out by a non-clinician will also be considered. The work will normally be done in a University science department. Preference will be given to projects involving co-operative research between a basic-science department and a clinical department. The student will be a non-clinical student. (Funding for clincians is available through the Jointly Funded MRC/BJA Clinical Research Training Fellowships. Click here for more details).

History Studentship; one studentship available

The History of the first 100 years of the BJA
Defining its development from a rudimentary journal to an internationally recognised charity supporting research and education in all aspects of anaesthesia.

The BJA is approaching the 100th anniversary of its first issue in January 1923. It has become apparent that the history of the journal is at present very poorly defined. A considerable archive of old papers mainly relating to the proceeds of the journal from the 1930s to 1960s exists in the RCoA, but as yet no attempt has been made to catalogue it. In addition, much work is required to detail all aspects of the journal's development into a large charitable concern in the last 50 years.

We will be earmarking one of our studentships in this round for a historical project that will make use of this archive and attempt to complete the outstanding details of the journal's history. Typical projects might include:

  • Contextualising the development of the BJA as a barometer for the development of modern anaesthesia.
  • Consideration of the social and economic change that has occurred in the post-WWI years and its influence on British anaesthesia.
  • Global development of anaesthesia from the BJA lens.

It is anticipated that the thesis would in due course form a monograph to be part of the 100th anniversary celebrations.

The project should be a collaboration between a History and an Anaesthetics (University or NHS) Department. Interested parties may wish to contact Prof J M Hunter for an informal consideration of the potential challenges in developing the existing archive.

The Support

This is essentially fixed as follows:
a. Stipend for 3 years at current MRC rates.
b. Fixed contribution of £10,000 per annum towards running costs with the stipulation that this is not used for travel. For the history project a contribution of £5,000 per annum will be made but this can be used for travel (e.g. to work on the archive).
c. University registration fees at home-EU student rate.
BJA and RCoA decline to contribute to any other indirect costs

The BJA and RCoA also ask applicants to note that the two bodies will wish to share any intellectual property rights and income arising from this work with the host institution.


a. An annual progress report will be required which should include publications, presentations and training that the student has made/received. An additional statement of progress from the student will be required.
b. BJA/RCoA support should be acknowledged on all publications.
c. Copies of all publications and a hard bound copy of the thesis should be sent to the Grants Officer on completion of the studentship.
d. Any intellectual property or income accruing from this work will be shared between the BJA/RCoA and the host institution.

"The British Journal of Anaesthesia is obliged to ensure that useful results from the research that it funds (whether whole or in part) are applied for the public good. In some circumstances, this may be best achieved by the protection of intellectual property and commercial exploitation.

The British Journal of Anaesthesia therefore requires all Award Holders, funded personnel and Institutions to consider whether the protection, management and exploitation of British Journal of Anaesthesia funded Intellectual Property is an appropriate means of achieving public benefit, and to develop and implement strategies and procedures for identification, protection, management and exploitation of the British Journal of Anaesthesia Intellectual Property.
The British Journal of Anaesthesia is also obliged to ensure that it obtains a fair share of any fruits of its funded research. The British Journal of Anaesthesia requires Award Holders and Institutions to notify the British Journal of Anaesthesia promptly in writing when Intellectual Property that may be of medical or commercial value arises from the Award, and to ensure that such Intellectual Property is not published nor inappropriately disclosed prior to protection. Intellectual Property arising from the Award may not be exploited or disposed of in any way without the prior written approval of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, such consent not to be reasonably withheld. As a condition of such consent the British Journal of Anaesthesia will require the Institution to enter into dialogue regarding the mutually acceptable exploitation or disposal of the Intellectual Property in question. British Journal of Anaesthesia reserves the right to seek redress."

How to Apply

I Complete pages 1 to 3 of the studentship application form.

II Use further numbered continuation sheets as indicated;
1. Describe your project in no more than 5 pages 1.5 spaced with 2.5cm margins as follows:

  • Hypothesis upon which the studentship is based
  • Scientific background to the project
  • Methods used to investigate the problem
  • Expected milestones during the studentship (what will the student be doing during years 1-3?)

2. List of references
4. Any supporting/preliminary data. This must be self-contained and not exceed 2 pages
5. Ethical and Animal use issues (see III below). If appropriate use this section to highlight any ethical, recruiting or animal use issues. There may be none.
6. CV of supervisor and any formal named co-supervisors. Please highlight (i) the number of successful higher degrees supervised along with time to submission, (ii) any non-completions, and (iii) any publications that are relevant to this application. The primary supervisor should normally have supervised two successful higher degrees. If not, a second more senior supervisor must be nominated in the application.
7. Details of the supervisory environment. The BJA/RCoA would like to be assured that "The PhD student" would be placed in an environment where he/she will be able to flourish. Please provide details of; (i) University (Generic and transferable skills) and Departmental training (Project specific skills) programme. (ii) Your formal monitoring scheme including any provision for mentoring/pastoral care adopted by your University/Department; include details of any probationary periods and transfer processes (this is different from 1d. above). (iii) How many other research students are currently supervised in the Department in which the student will work?
8. CV of student (if known)
9. If possible combine this into a single document (.pdf preferred)
10. Names and address of two independent referees on a separate sheet.

III Studies with clinical material and/or laboratory animals
It is expected that Ethics committee approval and informed consent will be sought for all studies using clinical material. All animal work must be performed in accordance with local and Home Office guidelines.

BJA/RCoA decline to process studentships currently submitted elsewhere.
Previously successful applicants are not eligible to apply in this round.

The closing date for applications was noon, Friday 21 September 2018

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