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Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine – Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research (DTP-MR) PhD Studentships

Office of the School of Clinical Medicine

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 29th Oct 2021
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: RA28764
  • Closes: 02nd December 2021
  • Hours: Full Time

The School of Clinical Medicine is offering at least 5 fully funded four-year PhD studentships commencing in October 2022.

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

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

Applicants are encouraged to approach potential supervisors, or group leaders, to discuss a suitable research proposal prior to preparing an application, and further details on the application process can be found here: https://dtp-mr.medschl.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/

The studentships provide an annual stipend of £18,000 for 4 years, University fees and research costs. Students on the DTP-MR will complete 2 rotations in the first two terms. 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.

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 Postgraduate School of Life Sciences and the wider University, and will also 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 http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/competence-english/will-i-have-language-requirement

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

International students (EU and non-EU) are eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships, and the Cambridge DTP-MR will be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students, 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: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees/what-my-fee-status

How to apply:

  • For further information on how to apply, follow the instructions on the Cambridge DTP-MR website. https://dtp-mr.medschl.cam.ac.uk/
  • Applications must be made via the University online application portal. Click here for full details: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvcmpdmsc
  • The course name is the Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research and MRC iCASE Programme.

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. Please note that for a single application fee you can apply simultaneously for up to three eligible courses within the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences (https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply/application-fee/fee-life-science-courses).

For general enquiries, please email the DTP-MR Graduate Administrator at DTP-MR@medschl.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 2nd December 2021.

Interviews: online interviews will take place in the week commencing 24th January 2022.

Please quote reference RA28764 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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