Phizackerley Senior Scholarship in the Medical Sciences

Phizackerley Senior Scholarship in the Medical Sciences

The Phizackerley Senior Scholarship in the Medical Sciences is awarded annually on the basis of academic merit, normally for one year.

Type of award
Academic or academic-related
Eligibility or selection criteria

Open to graduates currently working in Oxford who are reading for a DPhil in Medical Sciences. Applicants will normally be in at least their second year of a three-year course or second/third year of a four-year course at the time of application.

Amount awarded

The value of the scholarship is £1,750 year and carries with it a College meal-deal entitlement package.

How and when to apply

All eligible candidates will be considered initially by the Phizackerley Senior Scholarship Awards Panel (Members: Balliol Medical Educators; Secretary: Student Finance Officer) in Hilary Term of each year. A shortlist for interview will be drawn up by the Panel having reviewed potential candidates’ work and research proposals, including supervisor reports through the Graduate Supervision Reporting System. Those shortlisted for interview by the Panel will be invited for interview by the Student Finance Officer early in Trinity Term. If an exceptional candidate is identified at the shortlisting stage, the award may be offered directly, the letter offering the award explaining the background as recorded at this Phizackerley Senior Scholarship webpage.

Further information

If you have any queries about the Phizackerley Senior Scholarship, please contact the Student Finance Officer.

Funding source(s)

The Phizackerley Senior Scholarship honours the clinical biochemist Paddy Phizackerley (Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences 1960–1994 and Emeritus Fellow 1994–2002). He made important contributions to clinical biochemistry – for instance, saving premature babies by devising an assay that enabled foetal lung maturity to be gauged before the onset of labour. He helped to develop the RAF Full Pressure Suit, which could protect aircrew against temperatures as low as -40°C, and discovered surfactant protein B, a key component of the fluid that lines the air spaces in the lung and keeps them from collapsing during respiration. He was also, Emeritus Fellow Denis Noble wrote in the Annual Record 2002, ‘one of the most distinguished, dedicated and well-loved Balliol Tutors of the twentieth century’: 'He had one of the sharpest and most penetrating of minds. The questioning, however, was always responsive to the student’s level. He could lead students on way beyond what they themselves might have thought possible. In tutorials, it did not matter whether the discussions strayed beyond its original time schedule. For Paddy, ‘getting to the bottom of it’ was always the goal . . . He was Tutor to about 100 Balliol medical students and 60 reading biochemistry . . . and all recall him with affection and respect far beyond the norm.'

One of these students (who preferred to remain anonymous), moved by his belief that 'PJRP' shaped his life, approached the College in 1994 to establish a graduate scholarship in ‘medical and closely allied sciences’, to be named after his tutor in a gesture of respect and affection.