PhD Studentship

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Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research (DTP-MR)

Come and join exciting research community of the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine! We are offering at least nine fully funded four-year PhD studentships commencing in October 2024.

Studentships must be based in the School of Clinical Medicine and fall under one of the following research themes.

  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Infections and Immunity
  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Data Science for Health

The programme is structured as 0.5 + 3.5, and in the first 6 months students will undertake two 3 month rotations projects in different laboratories. These projects will be in different disciplinary areas related to your field of research, and will allow refinement of your PhD project in line with your emerging research interests as the programme progresses. Potential projects will be advertised on the DTP-MR website, and applicants can choose up to 3 projects of interest.

As a DTP-MR student your award includes: - A competitive annual stipend of £21,122 (above the UKRI minimum of £18,622) for four years; - Full payment of University fees and essential research costs; - Training provided through the University's Postgraduate School of Life Sciences and Researcher Development Programme, in both further specific scientific and more generic skills to support your career development; - Access to a flexible funding scheme allowing further exceptional training opportunities or internships beyond your core research, enabling you to enhance your experience and CV; - Membership of the University of Cambridge and one of its colleges providing a breadth and rich diversity of academic culture and wellbeing support; - Access to one of the largest biomedical research communities in the world, with many opportunities to network and collaborate.

How to apply

  • For further information on how to apply, follow the instructions on the Cambridge DTP-MR website:
  • Applications must be made via the University online application portal. Click here for full details: Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research ' Postgraduate Admissions (
  • The course name is the Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research

As well as applying to the DTP-MR programme you are strongly recommended to also apply simultaneously for a place direct with the relevant Department on a second application (also selecting 'yes' to the funding question on the 'How to apply for Funding' page). By doing so you will automatically be considered for a place and funding via the Department should you not be awarded a studentship with the DTP-MR.

For general enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact

The closing date for applications is 5 December 2023.

Interviews: online interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing Monday 22 January 2024.

The SCM DTP-MR and University of Cambridge actively support equality, diversity and inclusion and we encourage applications from eligible applicants from all sections of society


Academic requirements: At least a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent in a related topic. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

English language requirements: The University requires a high level of proficiency in English. For details, click here

Residence Eligibility: UK students will be eligible for a full studentship, to include the costs of Home fees.

The DTP-MR Programme will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students, (EU and non-EU), with funding to cover both fees and a stipend to support living costs. These international studentship awards will be subject to eligibility, and also the availability of complementary funding (to provide the differential to the international fee rate).

Further information on how your fee status is determined can be found here:

Please quote reference RA39020 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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