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
This scheme is now closed
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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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
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:
PhD registration fees at the UK/EU student rate
college fees (if required)
a contribution towards research costs.
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 provide funds for directly allocated or indirect costs unless they're included on this page.
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.
Submit your application form
Email a signed PDF of your completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept electronic signatures.
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.
You will be interviewed by the WT and NIH Four-year PhD Programme Advisory Committee at the Wellcome Trust offices in London.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
7 November 2016
Find out about how we've worked with the funding community to develop principles and obligations setting out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.
- Postgraduate training
For people who have, or are about to finish, an undergraduate degree and want to go on to do a Master's or PhD.
- Republic of Ireland
You're not a clinically qualified researcher.
You're a clinically qualified doctor, vet, dentist or a clinical psychologist.
- Public health
If you have any questions, contact