The Pandemic Institute Student Excellence Awards return with five £5k grants on offer

Aerial shot of the Spine building (Pandemic Institute host) overlaid with The Pandemic Institute logo

A unique collaboration between The Pandemic Institute in Liverpool and leading health care company DAM Health is returning to support the next generation of scientific, medical and humanistic students in Liverpool with global ambitions.

The Student Excellence Awards is back for a second intake for 2023, with PhD students from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine encouraged to apply.

Five new awards of £5000 will be available for PhD students on a competitive basis. The Student Excellence Awards 2023 will help boost the career development opportunities of each winner, enabling them to attend international conferences or take up world-leading training and development opportunities. Applications with international ambitions are welcomed to help showcase Liverpool’s pivotal place in global health. The awards ceremony takes place at The Spine in February 2023.

First anniversary celebration event

The Pandemic Institute will soon celebrate its first anniversary with a special evening taking place at the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre. The Pandemic Institute’s new director, Tom Solomon, will lead the event with a keynote speech and guests from the medical and scientific world will join him in toasting the Pandemic Institute’s success. PhD students interested in finding out more about The Student Excellence Awards 2023 are invited to attend ( for more details).

More about the awards 

From the 2022 intake, winning students’ work included, mosquito transmitted viruses, vaccines against respiratory disease, antimicrobial resistance, novel approaches to pathogen detection and respiratory disease control in middle and low-income countries. Their awards were presented by Professor Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, in The Spine in March this year.

Applications for The Pandemic Institute Student Excellence Awards 2023 open from midday (Monday 30 August and are open until Wednesday 30 November  at 5pm. Please apply using this link: TPI Student Excellence Application 2023 (

Professor Tom Solomon, Director of The Pandemic Institute said: “The Pandemic Institute’s mission is to protect the world from emerging infections and future pandemic threats and we are passionate about developing the next generation of leading scientists to achieve our ambitious targets. We recognise the impact and significance of this generous contribution from DAM Health to boost the career development opportunities of students across our Liverpool Institute partners.”

Professor Frank Joseph, Medical Director of DAM Health said: “At DAM Health we remain absolutely committed to finding and nurturing the next generation of brilliant scientific minds who have chosen to study in Liverpool. Proudly working with the Pandemic Institute, The Student Excellence Awards 2023 give 5 brilliant students the opportunity to enhance the PhD level educations and to develop themselves further. For the first ever awards we had 5 very worthy and innovative winners, and I can’t wait to see who we discover in 2023 and to read all of the applications. Everyone at DAM Health is incredibly proud to be a part of this.”