Do you plan to study for a PhD in Biochemistry or an allied biomedical science? Are you in the top 5% of PhD candidates?

Has your otherwise very promising research career been interrupted for quite extraordinary non-academic reasons totally beyond your control, e.g. outbreak of war, having to flee from country of origin, becoming a refugee?

Are you ineligible for an award from public funds? If so, we might be able to help with your funding.

Read about Mahvash Tavassoli’s experiences as holder of the Krebs Memorial Scholarship.


An appeal was launched at the Biochemical Society’s meeting in December 1982 to commemorate the life and work of Sir Hans Krebs, FRS, by instituting a postgraduate (PhD) scholarship in biochemistry or an allied biomedical science, tenable at any British university. The generous response of many of Sir Hans’ pupils, colleagues and admirers in many countries has provided sufficient funds to allow a scholarship to be awarded in alternate years.

The scholarship is primarily intended to be a mark of exceptional academic distinction and recognition of outstanding promise; it is not a means of ‘topping up’ grants already received from other sources.

What does the scholarship cover?

There are no restrictions on nationality. It will cover fees at the home and EU student’s rate, and maintenance; (non-EU) overseas students will therefore need to find the balance of fees from other sources. Financial contribution from the host university will be looked upon favourably. Currently the scholarship is worth £18,500 per academic year.

Length of scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded for 1 year in the first instance but may be renewed up to a maximum tenure of 3 years. Where the scholarship is renewed to the current holder, it will not become available to new applicants until that tenure has come to an end.

University place

Applicants will be expected to have made prior arrangements with the university at which they intend to hold the award. 

During the application process candidates will be required to ensure that a letter from the intended Supervisor, the Head of Department and two academic referees are provided to the Society. Applications will not be considered until all of these supporting letters are received – it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that these letters are received in time for the deadline. The Supervisor, Head of Department and academic referees must be able to place the candidate in the top 5% of PhD candidates. An assessment of the candidates academic merit and agreement to accept the applicant at the institution if the candidate is successful in their application to the scholarship are required before the application will be put before the committee. 

More Information

The Krebs Memorial Scholarship will be offered for the 2019/20 academic year, with the option of being extended for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years if satisfactory supervisor reports are received. 

Applications open in 2022

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the Society decided not to open the scholarship for applications in 2020, they are now scheduled to open in 2022.

For further information please contact the Grants department >