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 first year and not later than their second year of graduate work 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 and also accommodation in the Graduate Centre at Holywell Manor (for which the Scholar will be charged).

How and when to apply: 

The application process takes place in Hilary Term and is administered by the Student Finance Officer. Applicants are asked to send four copies of an application form along with four copies of a description of your research (250 words max.), four copies of a sample of your written work (5,000 words max) and four copies of your CV to the Student Finance Officer. Applicants are also required to ask for two letters of reference, which should be sent by the referees directly to the Student Finance Officer. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview usually at the start of Trinity Term.

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.