Four-year PhD Studentships in Science

This scheme offers the most promising students in-depth postgraduate training at 32 programmes throughout the UK.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postgraduate

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Basic

Level of funding:

Studentship stipend, fees and other costs

Duration of funding:

4 years

Contact us

If you have any questions about your application, please contact the relevant university PhD programme. If you need help with our online application system, contact:

Key dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

  • Recruitment

    Autumn each year

  • Programmes start

    October each year

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

You can apply for a studentship on one of the Trust's four-year programmes if you're a graduate or student who ideally has, or expects to obtain, a first-class degree or 2:1, or the equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Other schemes

Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships

Offering postgraduate students collaborative PhD training at academic laboratories in the UK or Republic of Ireland and at the National Institutes of Health in the USA.
Full details of Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships

PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

Offering clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.
Full details of PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

Four-year PhD Programmes in Science

Supporting PhD programmes in the UK and Republic of Ireland to train biomedical and public health researchers.
Full details of Four-year PhD Programmes in Science
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What we offer

A Four-year PhD Studentship in Science includes support for:

  • a studentship stipend

    If you're based outside London:

    • Year 1: £19,919
    • Year 2: £21,542
    • Year 3: £23,298
    • Year 4: £23,997

    If you're based in London:

    • Year 1: £22,278
    • Year 2: £24,093
    • Year 3: £26,057
    • Year 4: £26,839
  • PhD registration fees at the UK/EU student rate

  • college fees (where required).

We'll also make a contribution towards:

  • laboratory rotation expenses in the first year
  • research expenses for years two to four
  • transferable skills training
  • travel costs.

In the first year you'll broaden your knowledge of the chosen subject area through taught courses and laboratory rotations.

At the end of the first year, you'll make an informed choice about your three-year PhD research project.

The studentship may be held on a part-time basis.

Programmes

There are 32 programmes based in centres of excellence throughout the UK. These programmes provide research training in a range of important biomedical and public health research areas:

Each programme has an intake of three to five studentships a year.

In addition, we also fund a Four-year PhD Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Please contact the Institute for more information.

How to apply

To apply for a Four-year PhD Studentship in Science, contact a PhD Programme directly.

Please don't apply to the Wellcome Trust.

Dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

  • Recruitment

    Autumn each year

  • Programmes start

    October each year

More information

The following programmes are active, but not currently recruiting:

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, University College London
Director: Professor Claudio Stern

Systems Neuroscience: From networks to behaviour, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Director: Dr Chris Petrov

Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
Director: Professor Jean Beggs

Computational Infection Biology, University College Dublin 
Director: Professor Geraldine Butler

Combating Infectious Disease: Computational approaches in translational science (CIDCATS), University of York 
Director: Professor Paul Kaye

Definitions

Postgraduate

You’re studying for a Masters or PhD.

UK
Republic of Ireland
Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.