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As a result of an award from BBSRC, the University of Cambridge and Partner Institutes operate a Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) Programme, providing 4-year fully funded studentships leading to the degree of PhD (subject to eligibility).

We are no longer accepting applications for the BBSRC DTP Programme for an October 2018 start. However, PIs may still be accepting applications for specific PhD projects funded by BBSRC. Please find a list of these projects here.


Recruitment for October 2018:

Details about the DTP Programme and other BBSRC-funded projects can be found here

Please visit How to Apply for application information. The deadline for online applications is December 2017. Interviews will be held the w/c 22 January 2018.

The Programme provides excellent postgraduate training, addressing the need for trained scientists in strategically-important research areas and skills. The Programme has four separate Research Themes addressing the strategic research priorities of BBSRC:

The research topics included in the Cambridge DTP are aimed at improving understanding of basic biological mechanisms, from the study of biological molecules, to cellular and physiological processes, including genetic and genomic approaches. There is an emphasis on multidisciplinary research interfacing with physical sciences and engineering, and the opportunity to use mathematical and computational methodologies to address 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.

A major goal of our training programme is to allow the flow of ideas, skills and key capabilities to provide mutual benefit in supporting the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the UK. 

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.


AFS   Human induced pluripotent stem cell  derived neurons (green) and glial cells (red) Thora Karadottir
Human induced pluripotent stem cell derived neurons (green) and glial cells (red) - Thora Karadottir