ASME PhD/Doctoral Grants 2019

  2018 PhD

ASME PhD/Doctoral Grant Guidance

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The closing date for bids is 5pm, 25th September 2018. We require one electronic version of the application as an email attachment from the Principal Supervisor (or nominee) by noon on the closing date.  

The studentship is expected to commence from January 2019 but there would be some flexibility for the right candidate.

Aims of the ASME 60th anniversary PhD/Doctoral grants programme

The aim of the new programme of funding is to support the over-arching aims of ASME: "To meet the needs of teachers, trainers and learners in medical education by supporting research-informed best practice across the continuum of medical education” and to support internationally-excellent medical education research.


The Supervisory Team must have experience of successful supervision of doctoral students.  The PhD studentship must be undertaken full time. The Principal Supervisor must be an individual ASME member at the point of application and maintain this through the duration of the grant. At least one other member of the supervisory team must be an individual ASME member for the duration of the grant.  The student recruited for the project is also expected to join ASME as an individual member, and the funding for this can be taken from the post’s training budget. The Principal Supervisor must have supervised a PhD to successful completion previously. 

Supervisory Team

The Supervisory Team should comprise at least two individuals, covering topic and methodological expertise. They must have experience of successful supervision of doctoral students. Applications from a supervisory team spanning more than one institution, and/or discipline, are encouraged.

Assessment of applications 

All applications will be processed by the ASME office initially.  Those which have not fulfilled the guidance will be rejected. 
The remaining applications will be reviewed internally by at least two independent reviewers who are from different institutions from the applicants and do not hold ASME director roles. Assessors will be selected on the basis of their expertise and we anticipate going outside the UK to recruit assessors. Reviews will be collated and returned to the panel for final decision making

Terms and conditions

Applications from outside the UK will be considered but funding is available at UK home student rates only, reflecting that the majority of ASME members are UK-based.  

We have adopted the UKRI / UK Research and Innovation (formerly Research Councils UK/RCUK), terms and conditions of training grants. Please see 

These terms and conditions should be read in conjunction with the RCUK Statement of Expectations In this context, ASME equates to a Research Council.

Acknowledgement of support

Publications and other forms of media communication, including media appearances, press releases and conferences, must acknowledge the support received from ASME. Journal publications should acknowledge the funding source using the standard format agreed by ASME and publishers.

ASME PhD students receive a fee waiver for the ASME ASM, but must cover their travel and accommodation costs from their Training Budget.  ASME PhD/Doctoral students will be expected to present their work-in-progress at each annual ASMs. This may be in the form of posters and short communications initially, then a plenary oral presentation as the project nears finalisation.

PhD format

PhDs by publication or thesis will be supported, depending on the host institution’s guidelines. Whichever format is followed, ASME expects the PhD student to submit, and ideally publish, their research to a high quality journal during the funding period.

Appendix A: Assessment criteria (Expert reviewers)

Name of principal applicant:

Name of administering institution:

Name of award:

Project title:

Reviewer name (omit this if you prefer to remain anonymous):

Criteria and Grading [1] 

  • The applicants have considered potential issues and how to address them
  • The proposed work has the potential to impact on practice and/or policy locally, nationally and internationally
  • The proposed activities, timelines and milestones of the project are realistic and achievable
  • The proposed work is good value for money                      
  • The ethical issues for the project have been adequately considered                       
  • The applicants have the necessary expertise in the relevant field             
  • The applicants have the supervisory experience
  • The research environment is supportive
  • The applicants have provided sufficient details of the assessment and progression criteria, processes and milestones for PhD students
  • The institution’s processes for the selection and recruitment of PhD students are clear
  • The project has the potential to facilitate collaborations within and beyond ASME           

  • Total score and any additional general comments [2]:

    What were the strengths of this proposal?

    What could have been improved?

    Would you recommend funding?

    Please click HERE to download the ASME PhD programme application
    Please click HERE to download the ASME PhD grants guidance
    ASME Group Board / Education Research Committee
    Scholarship Type Research
    Intended Audience Those without PhDs
    Nature of Award Studentship stipend plus consumables and ASM registration to present their work.
    Current Status Deadline now passed
    Deadline 25th September 2018

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