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SPRINT-MND/MS: Scottish PhDs in motor neurone disease & multiple sclerosis research

SPRINT-MND/MS: a network of PhD studentships across five Scottish Universities, is open for applications until 20th January 2017.

The Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews are delighted to announce the SPRINT-MND/MS (Scottish PhD Research & Innovation Network Traineeships in MND/MS) programme: a network of PhD studentships across Scotland, to promote research into all aspects of motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.

Project choice

Applicants will have a wide choice of projects supervised by world-leading researchers at these five Scottish Universities. Projects include laboratory, clinical/psychology, nursing/allied health professional and social science-related topics.

The SPRINT-MND/MS programme is funded by the Scottish Government in partnership with the five Universities, and reflects a growing commitment to research into these neurodegenerative diseases that are a major public health threat as well as often being devastating to families. These studentships will boost and cement the flagship existing cross-disciplinary research networks that exist in Scotland for these two conditions and, ultimately, make a difference to patients’ lives.

a researcher helping a woman with motor neurone disease complete an assessment on an iPAD

What does the studentship include?

Although the programme is administered from Edinburgh, students will be registered for a PhD at the University corresponding to their primary project supervisor.

Studentships are for three years and include a standard non-clinical stipend*, UK/EU fees* and an allowance for consumables and travel. The cohort of SPRINT students will also be offered opportunities to attend clinics and meet patients, undertake ‘taster’ placements in a different field, and participate in public engagement and researcher networking events.


*Clinical and/or non-UK/EU applicants are eligible to apply. However, as any shortfall in stipend or fees must be met by the supervisory team, a written agreement must accompany the application.

Find out more and apply

For more information and for a complete list of projects, please visit www.edneurophd.ed.ac.uk/sprint-mndms-phd-programme

The deadline for applications is 20th January 2017.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 3rd February 2017.

a researcher looking down a microscope

Related links

SPRINT-MND/MS page on EdNeuro.Phd portal (for more information and applications)

SPRINT-MND/MS page on findaphd.com (available until 20th Jan 2017)

Chief Scientist Office Scotland

Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research

MS Society Edinburgh Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research