Skills & careers

Industrial CASE studentships

Application deadline

The 2016 competition will close on 07 July 2016 at 4pm. Decisions will be announced in November 2016.

Aims of the scheme

CASE studentships:

  • Provide students with experience of collaborative research with a non‐academic partner
  • Strengthen and develop collaboration and partnerships between research organisations and non‐academic partner organisations

Supervision and training

Each industrial CASE student will have two committed PhD supervisors, one academic and one from the non-academic partner. Both partners will make an important contribution to the training of the student:

  • Offer their outstanding student an experience of two distinct research cultures
  • Provide access to a wider than usual range of technology, facilities and expertise
  • Enable the student to spend a minimum of three months with the non-academic partner

Non-academic partner commitment

Non-academic partners have specific responsibilities that are listed in the Industrial CASE scheme guidance notes

Award rates

Approximately 30-35 studentships are awarded by annual competition to a wide range of research organisations and non-academic partners. Organisations holding current CASE awards are published under 'studentship application success rates’.


All applications must demonstrate a relevance to MRC’s health mission.

We do not fund students directly, so prospective students should contact the institution at which they wish to study.

Proposals must include an academic supervisor at a UK Higher Education Institute, Research Council Institute or Independent Research Organisation and a supervisor at a non-academic partner organisation.

UK-based organisations can be considered as the non-academic partner if they can provide students with distinctive research training and experience not available in an academic setting. Organisations eligible for Research Council funding cannot act as a non-academic partner.

Submitting your application

  • Read the Industrial CASE scheme guidance notes before completing your application.
  • Submit proposals through the Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Proposals may be led by either the academic or non-academic supervisor, but the Je-S application process must be completed by the academic partner, who will then be the recipient of the award.
  • Include the following attachments:

MRC contact

For queries relating to the requirements of the competition please email: