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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


The Cambridge Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a partnership between four internationally leading research organisations — the University of Cambridge, the Babraham Institute, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, and the Wellcome Sanger Institute — and UKRI BBSRC to develop the next generation of bioscience talent.

The Life Sciences are key to addressing many of the current societal and global challenges, and PhD-trained bioscientists are needed to meet the demands of the thriving and expanding bioeconomy. Our DTP addresses this need by providing a welcoming and vibrant training environment in which talented and motivated students from diverse backgrounds undertake cutting edge research projects and become equipped for a range of careers in academia, industry, government and charitable sectors.

Our students benefit from our location at the heart of Europe’s largest cluster of bioscience companies and enjoy opportunities to interact with a range of external organisations. Our DTP, via internships and iCASE studentships, also provides a convenient entry point for external organisations to forge collaboration with researchers across our partnership.

Available Studentships

Applications for this year are closed. The next application round will open in October 2022

Latest news

Recent Publication: Harriet Bartlett (BBSRC DTP 2017 Cohort) – Royal Society Open Science

24 June 2022

Congratulations to Harriet Bartlett, 2017 cohort PhD student on the BBSRC DTP programme, for publishing the Research Article ‘ Understanding the relative risks of zoonosis emergence under contrasting approaches to meeting livestock product demand ’ in Royal Society Open Science .

Alumni survey reveals impacts of DTP

6 June 2022

A recent survey of all alumni of our DTP1 and DTP2 programmes provides a snapshot of their career trajectories and insights into how the DTP programme helped to launch their careers.

Recent Publications: Naomi van den Berg (2020 cohort) – Bluesci and Nature Ecology & Evolution

5 June 2022

Congratulations to Naomi van den Berg, 2020 cohort PhD student on the SBS DTP programme, for publishing two articles, "Pro-Science? Fight Anti-Science Compassionately" in Bluesci and, "Ecological modelling approaches for predicting emergent properties in microbial communities" in Nature Ecology & Evolution .