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BBSRC-Funded Studentships

The BBSRC DTP Programme is no longer accepting applications for an October 2018 start

However, PIs may still be accepting applications for specific BBSRC-funded PhD studentships - please see lists below.


BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

The University of Cambridge is offering 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 (£14,777 per annum for 2018/19), 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 medical translation, 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 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 not choose rotation and PhD projects, but will otherwise be fully integrated into the BBSRC DTP Programme (training courses, events, placement with Industrial Partner, etc).

If no link is provided, please contact: for information.

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

The effect of manufacturing process on the physical stability of therapeutic peptides with Professor Sophie Jackson, Department of Chemistry, and MedImmune UK