Complement UK recognises the importance of education and training as a key driver to improve our understanding of complement and related disorders and to inspire a new generation of researchers in this area of growing health importance.

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Student Funding

In 2013, Complement UK initiated a programme of industry-funded, cross-centre PhD studentships, further aiming to link compatible research programmes and increase the number of trainees. Through an exciting joint venture between Complement UK and , five 4-year PhD studentships were funded.

Past studentship recipients include: Dr Alexandra Philips, currently Programme Manager - Translation at Medical Research Council; Dr Matthew Stott, Technology Transfer Project Officer at Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd; Dr Amy Osborne, Currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol; Dr Thomas Hallam, Catalyst Biosciences Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne; Dr Dimitrios Stampoulis, Senior Research Associate Preclinical Ophthalmology at Gyroscope Therapeutics, and Dr Mark Howard, Research Associate at King's College London.

Currently, applications for studentships are not open. Check back regularly for further information regarding Complement UK sponsored studentships.

Industry Sponsors

We have had incredible success with the PhD studentships programme and are keen to welcome industry to express interest in sponsoring a new round of Complement UK studentships.


  • Build capacity in areas of health importance and competitiveness
  • Generate future leaders in the research field
  • Enhance delivery of the research goals through interdisciplinary research and training
  • Foster an environment where basic and translational science are aligned to patient need


  • Four 4-year PhD studentships
  • Subject matter may involve any point of the translational pathway, from target identification to developmental studies in man
  • Projects will have two supervisors (who will likely be at different Centres), one in each of the disciplines brought together by the research
  • If neither of these supervisors is a clinician, then a third clinically recognised supervisor would provide mentorship regarding the clinical context, even for a basic science project

Project and student selection:

  • Project selection and placement is competitive and strategically aligned with Complement UK goals
  • Regulated by External Panel of experts who are independent of Complement UK

Benefits to the sponsor

  • Visible commitment to research and training in complement
  • Medical advance by enabling translational research across a wide base, e.g. Alzheimer’s, HUS, macular degeneration, transplantation
  • Opening up corridors to new collaboration in areas of mutual interest
  • Coordinated access to trial groups across the UK

External Student Funding Opportunities

Information regarding other sources of student funding for those interested in Complement will be posted here. Please check back regularly.

Are you interested in providing sponsorship?

We welcome you to get in touch with us to start a conversation on how you can become an integral part of our successful studentship program.

Our sponsors

Complement UK Sponsor Omeros