PhD studentships

Our PhD Studentship grants provide funding for students wishing to embark on a career in dementia research.


Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years (up to five years part-time) and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at UK rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. All costs must be justified. 

We have added a London weighting uplift to our PhD studentships of £2,000/annum from October 2015, raising the award total to £91,000 for London based applications.


  • The host institution must be in the UK.
  • Funding is not available for studentships that have already commenced.
  • Students do not need to be from the UK, nor resident for any amount of time before the award begins. However, Alzheimer's Society will provide student fees up to the UK rate only.


Applications can be made for research projects which fit within our funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

How to apply

Applications should be made by the prospective supervisor and can be submitted with or without a named student. Students wishing to undertake a PhD in dementia research should contact their prospective host institution/supervisor. 

All applications which fulfil the eligibility criteria will be scientifically peer-reviewed and lay reviewed by research network volunteers.  These reviews along with the application will then be considered by our Grant Advisory Boards. Feedback is provided to all applicants.

Any questions? 

Please contact our grants team at [email protected]

Previous outcomes

 Year Number of applications received  No of awards made
2019-20 45 18 (40%)
2018-19 52  11 (20%)
2017-18 40  10 (25%)
2016-17 57  9 (16%)
2015-16 58  7 (12%)
2014-15 Funded 8 Doctoral Training Centres supporting 52 students.