Radford Scholarship in Plant Sciences in conjunction with Worcester College

One full time scholarship is available starting in the academic year beginning October 2021 for applicants wishing to undertake research that will contribute to an increase in crop yields. The Radford Scholarship has been funded through the generosity of Henry and Mandy Marriott, and the recipient will be registered for a DPhil in Plant Sciences. The scholarship covers course fees at the home student rate and living costs at the standard rate for RCUK students for up to four years.

The Radford scholarship is offered in association with Worcester College. All eligible candidates applying for entry to the DPhil in Plant Sciences programme will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) is stated as a preference on the graduate application form. However, the successful applicant will be required to transfer to Worcester College to take up the award.

The application deadline for consideration for the Radford Scholarship is 22 January 2021 and selection of the successful candidate is expected by the end of March 2021. 

Candidates interested in being considered for the Radford Scholarship are strongly encouraged to contact a relevant potential supervisor to discuss the details of a project and other aspects of their application. Representative projects that would be appropriate for this scholarship are listed below, but applicants are urged to look at the full range of research activities in the Department.

Potential projects include:

  • Developing CHLORAD (“chloroplast-associated protein degradation”) as a technology for delivering increased yields in crops (Supervisor: Prof Paul Jarvis)
  • Engineering enhanced photosynthesis for a secure and sustainable future (Supervisor: Prof Steven Kelly)
  • Born from the deluge: optimizing the contribution of oxygen sensing to anaerobic germination in cereals (Supervisor: Prof Francesco Licausi)
  • Building novel disease resistance genes against potato late blight through decoy engineering (Supervisor: Prof Renier van der Hoorn)