Four-year PhD Studentships in Science

This scheme offers graduates outstanding training in scientific research. 

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK

Type of researcher:

Level of funding:

Studentship stipend, fees and other costs

Duration of funding:

4 years

Who can apply

You can apply for a studentship on one of Wellcome's four-year programmes if you're a graduate or student who has, or expects to obtain, at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent for EU and overseas candidates) in a relevant subject. 

Candidates with other relevant qualifications or research experience may also be eligible.

For more information about eligibility, contact the individual programmes listed in the 'How to apply' section on this page.

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

  • 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)
  • laboratory rotation expenses, if required
  • research expenses
  • transferable skills training
  • Find out about claiming costs to cover childcare or any other caring responsibilities.

  • transition costs at the end of the studentship to help you move to the next stage of your career

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

To apply for a Four-year PhD Studentship in Science, contact one of the programmes below. Please don't apply to Wellcome.

Programmes
 

Health Data Research UK

  • The HDRUK/Turing Wellcome PhD Programme in Health Data Science (website link to the programme will be added soon)

King's College London

Queen Mary University of London

University College London    

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Dundee    

University of East Anglia

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Leicester

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Sheffield    

 

In addition, we also fund four-year PhD programmes at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. Please contact the programmes directly for more information.

Dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

  • Recruitment

    Autumn each year

  • Programmes start

    October each year

More information

Read Wellcome's review of PhD training in biomedical research.

Develop your research career

See our other postgraduate training schemes.

Key dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

  • Recruitment

    Autumn each year

  • Programmes start

    October each year

Contact us

If you have a question about your application, contact the relevant university PhD programme.