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. Website links to the programmes will be added soon. Please don't apply to Wellcome.

Health Data Research UK

  • The HDRUK/Turing Wellcome PhD Programme in Health Data Science

King's College London

  • Advanced Therapies for Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health and Disease

Queen Mary University of London

  • Health Data in Practice: Human-centred science   

University College London    

  • Optical Biology
  • UCL Wellcome 4-year PhD in Mental Health Science

University of Bristol

  • Dynamic Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology

University of Cambridge

  • Wellcome Four Year PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine

University of Dundee    

  • Dundee Training Programme in Integrated Molecular, Cellular and Translational Biology

University of East Anglia

  • EDESIA: Plants, Food and Health: a cross-disciplinary PhD programme from Crop to Clinic

University of Edinburgh

  • Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health
  • Integrative Cell Mechanisms (iCM)
  • One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society
  • Translational Neuroscience 2 (TN2)

University of Glasgow

  • Integrative Infection Biology - Mechanisms and Control of Disease 

University of Leicester

  • Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics

University of Manchester

  • Immunomatrix in Complex Disease (ICD)

University of Nottingham

  • Drug Discovery and Team Science

University of Oxford

  • Cellular Structural Biology
  • Chemistry in Cells – New Technologies to Probe Complex Biology and Medicine.
  • Genomic Medicine and Statistics

University of Sheffield    

  • Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science (PHEDS): Assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies and prevention strategies that reduce noncommunicable disease burden and health inequity


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.