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:

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK,
  • Republic of Ireland

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 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.

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Scheme finder

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).

We'll also make a contribution towards:

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.


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 Sanger Institute. Please contact the Institute for more information.

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

Please don't apply to the Wellcome Trust.


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.

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

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.