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Adelphi Genetics Forum PhD Studentship

Application deadline: 5 December 2022

The Adelphi Genetics Forum is a learned society that aims to promote research and discussion concerning the scientific understanding of human heredity. Alongside this, we are keen to address the under‐representation of students from ethnic/disadvantaged backgrounds at the Doctoral level.

The Adelphi Genetics Forum invites proposals from members of staff at UK universities to supervise a 3‐year, fully‐funded, non‐lab‐based PhD project in any area around the understanding of human heredity, past or present, to start in autumn 2023.

Each proposal should set out (1) the title of the proposed project; (2) a 500‐word project description which outlines the research questions, background, sources, methods, and outreach plans; (3) the supervision team and their suitability; (4) structures and resources at the departmental, faculty and/or university level that will support the student’s progress and professional development; (5) a 100‐word description of the envisaged recruitment process targeting students from underrepresented ethnic/disadvantaged backgrounds, including timeline and essential/recommended educational backgrounds for candidates.

The PhD project should be a scholarly contribution to the understanding of human heredity, broadly construed, and the successful proposal will have to demonstrate an awareness of the current state of scholarship in the relevant area and make a convincing case for the project’s potential to advance knowledge significantly.

In line with the Forum’s mission to increase discussion around the understanding of human heredity, we encourage ambitious and imaginative ideas for outreach, including ideas that will add content to the Forum’s website. The successful applicant will have access to up to £500 per year in support of these initiatives.

The Forum’s selection committee will be comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and up to two other members of The Adelphi Genetics Forum Council. (Council members are ineligible to submit a PhD proposal.)

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 December 2022 at 5 pm, to be emailed to; decisions will be communicated by the end of January 2023.

The successful applicant will be expected to write an article about the project for publication in the Forum’s newsletter, and the student recruited onto the project will be expected to write both a mid‐project report and a final report for the newsletter.

Individuals from underrepresented ethnic/disadvantaged backgrounds, whether as main applicants or as part of the envisaged supervision team, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The three‐year studentship will include support for:

  • a studentship stipend, in line with the Wellcome Trust’s offer for Year 1,Year 2 and Year 3 of their PhD studentships (including London allowance); for more information, see‐funding/schemes/four‐year‐phd‐programmes‐ studentships‐basic‐scientists
  • PhD registration fees at the home (UK) rate
  • research expenses of up to £1,500 per year

Applicants do not need to be members of the Forum; but anyone wishing to become a member can do so on this website.

Queries relating to this studentship can be sent through our contact page.

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