Coronavirus (COVID-19): information and support

PhD studentships

Our PhD is an important step towards encouraging students to become involved in hearing loss research and advancing developments that could change the lives of more than 12 million people.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 on universities and researchers in the UK, we are extending the deadline for applications to our PhD studentship scheme. The new deadline is Monday 15 June. Please see below for further details.

The projects should bring tangible benefits closer for people who are deaf, have tinnitus or hearing loss.

One of this year’s awards in the area of tinnitus research will be jointly funded with the British Tinnitus Association.

We also encourage applications for co-funded PhD studentships. This may be with the host institute or an external partner (e.g. another funding body, charity or company).

Summary of grant

  • Deadline: Monday 15 June 2020
  • Duration: Three years
  • Eligibility: Students and supervisors must be based at a recognised UK university or research institute
  • Value: £75,000 (outside of London) or £79,500 (London). Applications for partial funds will also be considered where the outstanding funds have/will be applied for from the host institute or an external source.

Application procedure

The call and guidelines, application form and application form guidance document for last year’s scheme can be downloaded below. These files will be updated when the new call is announced. Please note that applications must be submitted by the proposed supervisor.

Selection procedure

All proposals are sent to two/three external referees, usually within the UK, who are asked to judge the scientific merit of the project as well as the suitability of the project for a PhD student. These reviews and the original proposals are then rated by our Future Leaders review panel. The top-rated proposals are then funded.

Applicants are notified of the outcome as soon as possible, to allow successful applicants plenty of time to recruit a suitable student.

One of the 2021 PhD Studentship grants will be funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and known as the ‘Action on Hearing Loss/Masonic Charitable Foundation Studentship Award’.

Review panel

  • Professor Brian Moore, University of Cambridge (chair)
  • Dr Mike Bowl, MRC Harwell, Oxford
  • Professor Jennifer Linden, University College London
  • Dr Christian Füllgrabe, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Andrea Streit, King’s College London
  • Dr William Sedley, Newcastle University
  • Dr Mark Wallace, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Dan Jagger, University College London
  • Professor Walter Marcotti, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Chris Plack, University of Manchester
  • Dr Deborah Vickers, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Morag Lewis, King’s College London

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and open access publications

Action on Hearing Loss is a member of the Europe PMC Funders’ Group. We support open access publications and require Action on Hearing Loss grant-holders to make their publications open access.

Read our open access publication policy for more information and visit the Europe PMC website.

For more information

If you’d like more information about the PhD Studentship Grant, please email