PhD studentships

We recognise how important it is to invest in the ME/CFS researchers of the future by attracting new scientists into the field. Our PhD studentships have been established to help provide an early-career pathway for students interested in the illness, and to allow institutions to expand their areas of research.

ME Research UK’s PhD studentships are open to institutions in the UK and worldwide. The charity will contribute the cost of a stipend, running expenses and university fees, and funding is for three years.

The topic of research must be in line with our priority of funding novel clinical and biomedical studies that help to unravel the biology of ME/CFS or point towards treatments.

How to apply

  1. Application for an award should be made by a suitably qualified PhD supervisor (not a student) at the host institution using our PhD Funding Application Form. Applications can be submitted at any time.
  2. Please read the accompanying Guidance Notes for more information on how to complete each section of the form.
  3. The application will be reviewed by external referees and our Science Committee, which will make a recommendation on whether to fund the project.
  4. The final decision on funding will be made by our Board of Charity Trustees, and award of a studentship is subject to acceptance of our Standard Grant Conditions.

The form is provided as a fillable PDF which can be completed on a computer and sent by email to Dr David Newton at We recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to complete the form (you may see an error message about fonts, which can be ignored).

You will also need to send us a printed copy of the form – including the relevant signatures – to the address given on the form.

If you have any questions about your application or our procedures, please contact Dr David Newton at

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