diabetes uk

About Diabetes UK 

Diabetes UK’s Diabetes Research Steering Groups (DRSGs) have identified inequalities in research practice and that the research community in the UK is not representative of the general population highlighting a lack of representation of researchers from Black ethnic groups. To address this inequality in diabetes research and to foster next generation of Black leaders in diabetes research we have launched two new funding schemes for students from Black backgrounds in the UK as a positive action initiative. This initiative aims to encourage a diverse postgraduate research community and help to develop a more inclusive pipeline for future academics and university leaders. 


About the Studentship Programme  

Windsor Fellowship is working in partnership with Diabetes UK to provide a studentship to support science graduates from Black backgrounds to undertake a PhD within the field of diabetes in the UK and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research. The studentship is aimed at science graduates who would like to study for a PhD in the field of diabetes. 


Benefits of the Studentship Programme 

Each studentship offers a comprehensive funding and support package designed to enable students to succeed in their PhD programme and advance their career, including: 

  • Students stipend for three years
  • Student tuition fees at standard home student rate 
  • Student funding support of up to £2,500 p.a. to attend conference(s)  
  • Student training costs of up to £1,500 p.a. relevant to the specific project  
  • Students will have access to a mentorship programme provided by Windsor Fellowship 
  • Networking opportunities  with other Diabetes UK  students 
  • Students will be supported to access, where possible, doctoral training programmes (DTP)/similar enrichment provisions, benefitting from high-quality research environments.   


  • From a Black African, Black Caribbean or Mixed Black background 
  • Commencement of the PhD first academic year in 2025 
  • Available to take part in an Insight Session* in Oct 2024 
  • Available to take part in a 3-year PhD Mentoring Programme from 2025 to 2028  
  • Students must have UK nationality and have ‘Home’ tuition fee status 
  • Students must be UK domiciled 
  • Students must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 honours undergraduate degree or equivalent in disciplines related to sciences 

Register your interest here.


*Insight Session - Windsor Fellowship and Diabetes UK will host an online insight session in autumn 2024 to provide prospective student applicants the chance to hear about the scheme and the application process, as well as hearing first-hand what it is like to undertake a PhD from a current/former student.