Caroline Ovadia, who completed a one year fellowship with the BRC earlier this year, has been named runner-up in’s annual PhD scholarship competition.

FindAPhD received more than 5,000 entries for their competition which asked entrants to supply one image that summed up what postgraduate study meant to them. The competition was so fierce that judges asked the finalists to create a short video to help them decide on the winner.

Caroline, who received £500 prize,  said:

“It feels amazing to be a winner! I was incredibly flattered to receive so many social media votes, and recognition of some of the extra challenges face by student parents, which I discussed in the video, feels very supportive.

“The department of Women’s Health at King’s College London hosts an enthusiastic and intelligent team whose drive in research is to fundamentally improve the health of women and their babies, a philosophy in which I passionately believe. My supervisors have unequalled knowledge of the condition I’m studying, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), within the UK population, working closely with organisations such as ICP Support to undertake patient directed research. We combine laboratory basic science, translational research and trials-based medicine to understand improve the treatment of the condition.

“I am very generously funded by Tommy’s baby charity, who support the department at King’s College London as one of their research centres, and was fortunate enough to receive initial funding from the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.”

Clinical training fellowships

Caroline was a clinical training fellow with the BRC during 2015/16. Running since 2007, these one year pump-prime fellowships give medically qualified clinicians one year ‘out of programme’ to focus on research and training in experimental medicine. The year gives protected research time to gain pilot data and work on competitive applications to external funding bodies such as MRC, NIHR, The Wellcome Trust and BHF, amongst others, to fund the continuation of the project into a PhD. The fellowship offers salary and a budget of £10,000 to cover research costs and training. This model has a 100% success rate in terms of trainees securing PhD funding and up to five fellowships are awarded each year.

Find out more about the education and training opportunities offered by the BRC.