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

This scheme offers 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.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postgraduate

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

£80,000 for UK funding

Duration of funding:

Four years

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Getting here

Key dates

This is an annual competition.

  • Applications deadline

    7 November 2016

  • Interviews

    January 2017

  • Decision

    February 2017

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

To apply for this scheme, you should have a first class degree or 2:1 (or the European Economic Area equivalent), or be in your final year and predicted to get a first class degree or 2:1.

You must also be a UK/European Economic Area national.

If you have − or are currently taking − a medical degree, you must be able to do this studentship within your continuing professional training (as we provide a studentship stipend rather than a clinical salary).

What's expected of your host organisation

You must have:

  • A doctoral supervisor at an eligible academic host organisation in the UK or Republic of Ireland. The host organisation must be able to award doctoral degrees.
  • A supervisor at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) organisation. The supervisor should hold a tenured or tenured-track position for the proposed period of the award and be willing to provide funding for you while you’re at the NIH.

Find out about the responsibilities and obligations of supervisors:  Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships: Responsibilities and obligations of supervisors [DOC 41KB]

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What we offer

During a Four-year PhD Studentship, students usually spend half their time at an academic organisation in the UK/Republic of Ireland and the other half of their time at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus at Bethesda (Maryland, USA).

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

We fund up to five Four-year PhD Studentships a year.

During the studentship, you’ll be integrated with the NIH Graduate Partnership Programme, which provides programmes, services and resources to help with your academic and career development.

UK/Republic of Ireland funding

The Wellcome Trust provides two years of funding to each student while they're based in a UK or Republic of Ireland laboratory. This includes:

  • 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 (if required)

  • a contribution towards research costs.

NIH funding

The NIH provides two years of funding to each student while they’re in the USA. This includes financial support, travel costs and health care.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How to apply

Stages of application

We encourage you to read Guidance notes for Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships [DOC 265KB] before you submit your application form.

  1. Submit your application form

    Download and complete a Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships application form [DOC 339KB].

    Email a signed PDF of your completed application form to wtnih@wellcome.ac.uk. We accept electronic signatures.

  2. Shortlisting

    The WT and NIH Four-year PhD Programme Advisory Committee will review your application. We’ll give you a decision within two months of the application deadline. If suitable, we will invite you for interview.

  3. Interview

    You will be interviewed by the WT and NIH Four-year PhD Programme Advisory Committee at the Wellcome Trust offices in London.

Dates

  • Applications deadline

    7 November 2016

  • Interviews

    January 2017

  • Decision

    February 2017

Definitions

Postgraduate

You’re studying for a Masters or PhD.

UK
Republic of Ireland
Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Clinical

You're a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health