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To: All Staff @ Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies.

From: The Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee

Date: 23 July 2014

Re: Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships for 2015

The Bloomsbury Colleges Consortium has five member institutions from the University of London: Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College and School of Oriental and African Studies. Together they are identifying and pursuing opportunities for academic and administrative collaboration. The partners for the 2015 Bloomsbury Colleges PhD studentships must come from one or more of the remaining four colleges. Ten 3-year PhD studentships are available for intercollegiate research collaborations to start October 2015. These studentships entail collaboration between at least two Bloomsbury Colleges, and each participating College will be the lead (i.e. principal supervisor and registration base for the students) for two such collaborations. For all colleges, the studentships will cover fees at the home/EU rate and maintenance at the level recommended by the Research Councils. Applicants from non-EU countries will be required to meet the additional costs of overseas fees from other sources. All studentships will be managed in line with the current good practices of all member Colleges.

This formal call for proposals from academic staff within the Bloomsbury Colleges has a deadline for submission of Friday 17th October 2014. Each College will screen proposals where the lead applicant is based in that institution, and select a maximum of 5 applications for forwarding to the Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee for consideration at a  meeting scheduled for 17th November 2014 (i.e. the Committee will receive a maximum of 25 applications). The Committee will select 10 applications, and successful applicants will be notified by 24th November at the latest. The studentships will be advertised on The Bloomsbury Colleges website before the Christmas break 2014 and placed in a selection of high profile journals in January 2015, with interviews and the selection process taking place during February to March 2015. The students will start their courses in October 2015.

Although a number of criteria* will be used in the selection process, it is important to note that applicants must convince the Committee that the studentship will foster sustainable research collaboration between the partner colleges.

The timetable for this process is summarized in the accompanying document. Please contact with any enquiries.

Applications should be submitted by the lead applicant to the corresponding receiver in their institution:


IOE: Patricia Kelly,

LSHTM: Dean of Studies Office,

RVC: Liz Wilkinson,



i. Must fit with BBSRC's remit

ii. Should contain an element of mathematical modelling of biological data to solve the biological problem

iii. Colleges from which co-supervisors should be drawn include:

  • Birkbeck or RVC (whichever you are NOT at)

If in doubt please contact Jonathan Elliot ( or Nicholas Keep ( for further clarification.

RVC academic and Birkbeck Biological Sciences staff are encouraged to be partners on other Bloomsbury studentships which do not meet the above criteria.

Professor Jonathan Elliot

Chair, Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee

*Criteria for selection process are as follows:

  1. Academic merit of the proposal, including realistic scope of the project for a 3 year PhD.
  2. Strengthens new/blossoming Bloomsbury Colleges collaboration.
  3. Broadens range of existing studentship collaborations (e.g. in terms of college partnerships, subjects covered).
  4. Security of funding to undertake the project (e.g. for data collection and consumables) - to avoid risk of delay or non-completion of project because of funding shortfall.
  5. Strong track record and evidence of supervision capacity of lead supervisor.
  6. Evidence of awareness of college supervision requirements and procedures (e.g. advisory panel, timing of upgrade).
  7. Ethics and security issues have been taken into account.