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Scottish PhDs in motor neurone disease & multiple sclerosis research

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.

Applicants will have a wide choice of projects supervised by world-leading researchers at these five Scottish Universities. Projects will 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.

What does the studentship include?

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.

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

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

2017 Projects Available

Twenty three projects are being offered for 2017 entry and full descriptions of each project (including the project code) can be found on the individual project pages. The complete list of projects can be found here,


Informal enquiries should be addressed to sprint-phd@ed.ac.uk.


Full instructions on how to apply (including the downloadable application form) can be found on our Applying page.  Completed applications should be emailed to sprint-phd@ed.ac.uk before the deadline. References should also be sent to this address.


The SPRINT programme will be open to applications from 21 December 2016.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 pm, Friday 20 January 2017.
The deadline for receipt of references is 5 pm, Wednesday 25 January 2017
Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 03 February 2017