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President’s Research Scholarships

The President’s Research Scholarships are “flagship” Cardiff awards which carry the prestige of association with the University’s President, the Nobel Prize for Medicine (2007) winner, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

The Scholarships will be of interest to the highest quality candidates – those eligible for funding as President Scholars will have a first-class honours degree, or a 2.1 plus a postgraduate Masters degree (or their equivalents).

Each of the research areas where the President’s Research Scholarships are available are able to support excellence in postgraduate research provision - in relation to research projects, supervision, research environment, and preparation for academic and/or professional careers.

Other attractive features of the Scholarships include the presence of multiple President’s Scholars in each of the research areas and the guaranteed exposure of President’s Scholars to innovative technologies, theories, methodological approaches, and debates.

All President’s Scholars can be confident of receiving the very highest quality training and support, overseen by supervisors with a proven record of effectively supervising PhD students. In each case the School/Research Centre is making its own financial contribution to the President’s Research Scholarships enabling 72 full RCUK-rate Scholarships to be offered.

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The School of Biosciences offers scholarships under the following research areas:

  • Bioimaging
  • Climate Change
  • Drug Discovery: Designing and Testing a Novel Therapeutic for Breast Cancer
  • Neuroimaging (CRANIUM)
  • Arthritis


This is a prestigious scheme aligned to a new push in Imaging at Cardiff University, with fully-funded doctoral training scholarships designed to produce the next generation of researchers at the life sciences-physical sciences interface. It is a cross-School scheme that spans the Schools of Biosciences, Physics and Astronomy, Optometry and Vision Sciences. Research topics include Fluorescence Microscopy, Multidimensional Imaging, Coherent Multiphoton Microscopy, X-ray Tissue Imaging, Quantum Dots and Nano-imaging, Optical Coherence Tomography.

For more information please contact Dr Paola Borri at

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Climate Change

An exciting new collaborative research project has been established between Cardiff University Schools of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Biosciences and Psychology focussed on interdisciplinary climate change research.  The establishment of the Cardiff University Climate Change Network has provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen cohesion and build capacity for interdisciplinary research aligned to four ‘Grand Challenges’ which address major pressing research questions that link climate science to the human dimension:  Earth System Modelling; Sea Level Change; Hazard Evaluation, Mitigation and Adaptation; Welsh Dimension of Climate Change.

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Drug Discovery: Designing and Testing a Novel Therapeutic for Breast Cancer

Cardiff University has world-leading activity in drug discovery as evidenced by recent RAE success in the area and notable commercial exploitation. In tapping the University’s cross-school and cross-centre activity to effectively translate our best science towards commercial development, we will expose the best postgraduates to World-leading highly commercially relevant work. Schools involved under this research area are School of Biosciences, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Chemistry and School of Psychology. 

For more information please contact Dr Richard Clarkson at ''

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Cardiff Research into Advanced Neuroimaging Methods (CRANIUM's) aim is to stimulate the next phase of development of neuroimaging methodology for translational neuroscience applications in human health and disease.

The hub of CRANIUM is the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) with its human brain imaging techniques all under one roof:  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencophalography (EEG) and Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

CRANIUM addresses three themes:

   * Integration of multiple neuroimaging modalities
   * Experimentally informed mathematical modelling of brain structure and function
   * Enhanced image quantitation

The doctoral research projects will be experimentally focussed with a strong bias towards physical science methodology applied to biological systems. Two projects will be available per year. Students will be jointly supervised by one supervisor in Psychology and one supervisor either in Biosciences or Medicine or Mathematics.

The programme will prepare postgraduates for a research career in biomedical imaging and neuroscience, with the flexibility to take on new techniques as they develop.  Beyond academic research, there is increasing demand for experts who understand the measurement techniques applied to biological systems in the biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

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Arthritis (Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre)

Cardiff University has been awarded £2.5M by the Arthritis Research UK to establish a Centre of Excellence in Biomechanics and Bioengineering. This is part of a £10M investment over the next decade to drive forward interdisciplinary research at Cardiff University to improve the treatment of patients with arthritis. Research labs are equipped with the most up-to-date facilities to address key questions of basic and clinical aspects of arthritis.

The President’s Research Scholars within the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre will use cutting edge experience in biomechanics, engineering, bioscience, genetics and MRI to investigate how interactions between load, pain and inflammation contribute to arthritis. The Scholarships programme will involve close collaboration between academics in different Schools including biologists, physicists, engineers and healthcare specialists who are international leaders in their respective fields with substantial financial support won in peer-reviewed competitions.

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President's Research Scholarships