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BBSRC-Funded Studentships

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced on 1 December 2016 that EU nationals will remain eligible for postgraduate support from the Research Councils for starters in the 2017/18 academic year. Full article.


The BBSRC DTP Programme is no longer accepting applications for an October 2017 start


BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

The University of Cambridge is offering up to 20 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2018.  A wide range of projects are available across 20 world-class departments and research institutes in the region under the broad themes of: AFS   SCPRID funded scientist Francis Wamonje shows year 12 students from Belfast how investigate aphid plant interactions in the laboratory John Carr



The first six months is spent completing training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills (Exploiting New Ways of Working) and undertaking two 10-week rotation projects, either at the University or at one of the partner organisations, before progression to your PhD project. An exciting element of the Programme is a three month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment, including industry, the media, charities, education and government.  

The studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,553 per annum for 2017/18), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available for UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found at the following website:

UK and EEA students who have, or are expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in relevant biological subjects, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of many of the projects available and the training modules means that we also welcome applications from students with physical science and mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions. 

We are particularly interested in attracting candidates from non-biological or non-traditional biological backgrounds and providing opportunities for computational students to train in biology and for biology students to train in the physical sciences and mathematics.

Please note, if you have a background in medicine or an interest in health, you may be interested in the MRC DTP Programme or the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council partnered with Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.


BBSRC-Funded 4-year PhDs

In addition to the above, we are offering several PhD projects funded by BBSRC. Candidates should carefully read and follow the instructions in the advert (please apply under the Department code, NOT the BBSRC DTP Programme code). Successful students will not choose rotation and PhD projects, but will otherwise be fully integrated into the BBSRC DTP Programme (training courses, internship, events, etc).

Please note, application deadlines may be different to the BBSRC Programme deadline above.

Investigating the mechanosensitivity of cells (theoretical biophysics) with Professor Eugene Terentjev, Department of Physics CLOSED

PhD Studentship in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience CLOSED

Rational development of novel small molecule leads against the transcriptional activator protein ExsA of Pseudomonas aeruginosa with Dr Taufiq Rahman, Department of Pharmacology, and Dr Martin Welch, Department of Biochemistry CLOSED

Regulation and function of chromatin domains with Professor Julie Ahringer, Department of Genetics and The Gurdon Institute CLOSED

Timers, Switches and Sparse Bayesian Networks for Circadian Rhythm Analysis with Professor Alex Webb and Professor Jorge Goncalves, Department of Plant Sciences CLOSED

Wheat molecular genetics PhD studentship with Drs Emma Wallington and Matthew Milner at NIAB and Dr Uta Paszkowski, Department of Plant Sciences CLOSED


BBSRC-Funded 4-year iCASE PhDs

We are offering several PhD projects with an industrial partner component. Candidates should carefully read and follow the instructions in the advert (please apply under the Department code, NOT the BBSRC DTP Programme code). Successful students will be invited to attend DTP Programme training and social opportunities and will carry out a placement with the industrial partner.

Please note, application deadlines may be different to the BBSRC Programme deadline above.

Chromatin and recombination landscapes in the hexaploid wheat genome with Dr Ian Henderson, Department of Plant Sciences CLOSED

Decoding the network logic for resetting pluripotency with Professor Austin Smith, Department of Biochemistry, Wellcome Trust Stem Cell Institute and Microsoft Research  CLOSED

Developing novel compounds that target the enzyme DXS with Professor Chris Abell, Department of Chemistry CLOSED

Epigenetic control of genome function with Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, Department of Genetics CLOSED

GPCR traffic control by P-Rex Rac-GEFs with Dr Heidi Welch, Babraham Institute (Cambridge) CLOSED

Optimization and development of functionally active anti-Cdc42/Ras peptides with Dr Darerca Owen, Department of Biochemistry CLOSED

Phenotypic screening with Dr Andreas Bender, Department of Chemistry CLOSED

Plant breeding PhD studentship with Dr Phil Howell, NIAB CLOSED