JIC International Scholarship Scheme (JICISS), The John Innes Centre, UK

Publish Date: Sep 23, 2015

Deadline: Dec 31, 2015

JIC International Scholarship Scheme (JICISS)

The John Innes Centre will offer at least one JIC International Scholarship to an overseas postgraduate research student studying for a PhD degree. The award will be made on a competitive basis to the applicant considered to be the most outstanding. The aim of the award is to attract high-quality international students to JIC to undertake research.

Value of the Award

The award will underwrite the cost of fees to cover the difference between the Overseas and UK/EU lab-based postgraduate research tuition fees.

Duration of the Award

Awards are tenable for a full-time four-year PhD degree programme, subject to annual review and renewal.

If granted, funding begins at the start of the next academic session (October each year).

Applicants are advised to secure additional funding to cover living costs, which are estimated to be in the region of £12,000 per year and will be liable for the tuition fees to the Home/EU level.

To take up the award students must be able to provide evidence of additional funding to cover living costs and the tuition fees to the level of the Home/EU (e.g. by external scholarship).


To be eligible to receive a JIC International Scholarship candidates must:

be liable to pay the Overseas University of East Anglia lab-based Postgraduate Research Tuition Fee (i.e. be assessed as ‘Overseas’ for Fee Status purposes), and;

have a high upper-second-class undergraduate honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an equivalent from an Overseas Institution, and;

be based at the John Innes Centre with a primary supervisor who is a Group Leader at the John Innes Centre, and;

have met all their outstanding conditions for admission to the University.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

If no candidate is judged to be of sufficient merit, the Scholarship shall not be awarded.

Application Deadline and Procedure

Applicants must:

be in receipt of an offer of admission (please see IMPORTANT NOTE below) to register at UEA on a full-time research degree programme for the academic year 2016/17, and;

hold or expect to achieve at least an upper second-class Honours UK undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

In order to be eligible for a JICISS award commencing in the next academic year, you must have applied online for admission as a PhD student registered with the University of East Anglia and based at the John Innes Centre by 31st December 2015.

It is important that you send in your supporting documentation as soon as possible after you have applied for admission online, because your application will not be looked at until this is received. The closing date for this funding is firm – no late applications can be considered. Your application must be fully complete, i.e. including academic references and a research statement. The JICISS committee will only consider academic achievement and research potential. It is therefore critical that academic references and a research statement are received.

Find out how to apply

Every eligible applicant holding an offer to study for a PhD in the next academic year will be considered to have applied for a John Innes Centre International Scholarship provided their completed application for admission is received by the deadline above.

Before being considered for an award normal admissions procedure and selection must proceed to receipt of offer.

Candidates will be shortlisted for interview by their prospective supervisor. Candidates must have been interviewed (in person or by video conference) by their potential supervisor, one other group leader and the Chair of Graduate Studies before any offer of admission will be made. The reports from the admissions interviews will form part of the selection material viewed by the selection panel.

Applicants will need to also seek funding from other sources.

Candidates should note that, given the volume of applications and the time required to process to the offer stage, applications which arrive after the deadline will not be entered for the John Innes Centre International competition, nor will we provide feedback on the outcome of this competition at any stage.

Selection of candidates for JICISS awards

In March, all the international candidates with a conditional offer of admission will be considered by a selection committee comprising academic members of the John Innes Centre. The committee will select one candidate who will be made an offer of a JICISS award. A reserve candidate will also be drawn up who may receive a JICISS award should any become available. These candidates will receive a confirmatory email. Successful candidates can expect to be notified by 1st May 2016 at the latest. If you do not hear from us by that date, you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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