Cambridge MRC Doctoral Training Programme – PhD Studentships

We are offering at least 10 fully funded PhD studentships commencing in October 2021 in four themes covering Population and Systems Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Molecular and Cellular Science, Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Examples of available projects can be found here:

The studentships provide an annual stipend of £18,000 for 3.5 years, University fees and research costs. The duration of the studentship allows for a funded period of write-up prior to thesis submission.

In addition to excellent research facilities, students will have access to a wide variety of training and researcher development activities, many of which are offered through the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the wider University, and have the opportunity to apply for an additional 3 month funded external placement.


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, covering the costs of Home fees, and a stipend of £18,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Further information on how your fee status is determined can be found here:

UKRI have confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. The text of the August 2020 public statement is here

Cambridge MRC DTP will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students, and funding will 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); we expect there to be keen competition for these places.

How to apply:

  • For information on available projects, follow the instructions on the Cambridge MRC DTP website
  • You may select one theme and two projects from that theme. Once you have made your decision, proceed to the University online application portal.
  • Apply via the University online application portal. Click here for full details and instructions
  • The course name is MRC Doctoral Training Programme
  • As well as applying via a Research Council funding programme you are 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 Research Council funded place.

For general enquiries, please email the MRC DTP Graduate Administrator –

The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2020.

Interviews: online interviews will take place in the week commencing 25th January 2021.

Please quote reference RA24434 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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