Potential Industrial CASE Studentships

What is an  iCASE Studentship?
The MRC iCASE PhD studentship scheme has been set up in order to develop partnerships and enable students to benefit from a broad a unique training experience. The scheme aims to:

  • 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
  • offer outstanding students an experience of at least two distinct research cultures
  • provide access to a wider-than-usual range of technology, facilities and expertise
  • enable the student to spend a period of time with the non-academic partner (usually no less than three months over the lifetime of the PhD).

Students whose projects are converted from the standard MRC LID DTP studentship to an MRC LID iCASE studentship will be undertaking their PhD research via a collaboration between their primary institution (either LSHTM or SGUL) and a non-academic partner organisation.

Why iCASE instead of a standard studentship?
Current MRC iCASE students have highlighted the following benefits over the more traditional studentship route:

  • higher potential for doing collaborative research and being exposed to projects involving multiple teams
  • exposure to a non-academic environment, which may help students to decide whether that particular type of environment is of interest for them after the PhD
  • two supervisors with different work experiences, with potential for more support as there are two parties interested in the PhD
  • higher potential for networking.

How do I apply for a 2020-21 iCASE Studentship?
The application process for all 2020-21 MRC LID Studentships is the same. The selected project will indicate whether the studentship is one which may potentially be converted from a standard studentship to iCASE studentship project.

Which research projects are potential iCASE studentships?
The following list of projects are potential MRC LID studentship projects that have been highlighted as having the opportunity to convert to MRC LID iCASE studentships. (If the MRC LID studentship is successfully converted to an MRC LID iCASE studentship by January 2021 the student will not be required to complete the compulsory 3-month professional placement that a standard MRC LID studentship requires. Instead, the student will be required to spend at least three months with the non-academic partner.)

For queries regarding these potential MRC LID iCASE studentships, in the first instance please contact the primary supervisor as listed on the advert. 

Supervisors Project Potential Non-Academic Partner Key Words
Karla Diaz-Ordaz & Stijn Vansteelandt Double machine learning methods for estimating causal treatment effects on cancer survival outcomes in the presence of high-dimensional confounding Roche Pharmaceuticals Causal inference Machine learning Targeted learning, genomics
High-dimensional modelling
Peter Garrard & Tom Barrick Understanding dimensionality in aphasic discourse Novoic Dementia
Natural language processing
Machine learning
Deep learning


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