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MRes and PhD Studentships in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine within the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (4 years)

Posted by , on 13 November 2020

Closing Date: 15 March 2021


Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge

Reference: PS24718
Closing date: 7 January 2021


The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in Stem Cell Biology and has a dynamic and interactive research community that is ranked amongst the foremost in the world. Applications are now being accepted for places on the Wellcome Four-Year PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, to commence in October 2021. Applicants are welcomed from any country, culture, socio-economic background or university and should demonstrate both a passion for scientific research and a desire to learn about Stem Cell Biology. By bringing together members of both the Schools of Biology and Medicine, this four-year PhD programme enables students on the programme to take advantage of the strength and breadth of stem cell research available in Cambridge, plus the opportunity to complete their research in one of the 25 host laboratories in Cambridge.

Course Outline

The first year MRes degree gives the students an opportunity to complete three different rotation projects in research laboratories, under the supervision of a dedicated Principal Investigator. In addition, students are required to attend weekly Stem Cell Discussion Courses, participate in both presentation sessions and an annual symposium and complete a Personal Researcher Development Training programme. New postgraduate students at the CSCI will become members of the Postgraduate School of the Life Sciences, which organise and promote many further training opportunities. Towards the end of the third rotation project, students are expected to choose a laboratory for their PhD thesis research. Students will prepare a PhD Research Proposal which will form part of the assessment towards the MRes in Stem Cell Biology. Successful completion of the MRes will then lead onto the fully-funded three-year PhD, in a host laboratory.

Further details can be found at:


These fully-funded studentships commence in October 2021. The funding includes the University Composition Fee (at Home (UK) rate), a travel and consumables budget and a stipend at the Wellcome rate (see here). International students can apply for a Cambridge Trust Scholarship during the application process to cover the difference between the ‘Home’ and ‘Overseas’ Fee rate. Other funding opportunities are also available. Further information can be found here:


Further details on the application process can be found here:

Fixed-term: 4 years.

Informal course-specific enquiries can be sent to:

Postgraduate Admissions queries can be sent to:

The closing date for receipt of applications is: 7 January 2021. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview the week commencing 25 January 2021. You will be interviewed by a panel from the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

To Apply, please visit:

Please quote reference PS24718 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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