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Wellcome 3-Year PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine

Posted by , on 3 May 2018

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Department/Location: Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge University

Studentships starting October 2018


Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. These properties sustain homeostatic cell turnover in adult tissues and enable repair and regeneration throughout the lifetime of the organism. In contrast, pluripotent stem cells are generated in the laboratory from early embryos or by molecular reprogramming. They have the capacity to make any somatic cell type, including tissue stem cells.

Stem cell biology aims to identify and characterise which cells are true stem cells, and to elucidate the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern self-renewal, fate specification and differentiation. This research should provide new foundations for biomedical discovery, biotechnological and biopharmaceutical exploitation, and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.


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. By bringing together members of both the Schools of Biology and Medicine, this studentship will enable you to take advantage of the strength and breadth of stem cell research available in Cambridge. Choose from over 50 participating host laboratories using a range of experimental approaches and organisms.


Students are expected to have chosen a laboratory for their thesis research prior to application, and to have obtained the support of the PI. A list of eligible supervisors can be found here.

Students will have access to our Discussion course during the first year, where they will:

  • Study fundamental aspects of Stem Cell Biology through a series of teaching modules led by leaders in the field.
  • Learn a variety of techniques, such as advanced imaging, flow cytometry, and management of complex data sets.




We welcome applications from those who hold a relevant first degree at the highest level (minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent) as well as a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline. You must have a passion for scientific research.

Wellcome provide full funding at the ‘Home/EU’ rate. Funding does not include overseas fees, so non-EU applicants will need to find alternative funding sources to cover these.


Visit for full details, including how to apply.

Please make it clear in your application:

  1. That you are applying for the ‘Stem Cell 3-Year PhD Studentship
  2. Who your proposed Stem Cell Institute supervisor is, with your proposed research project details

Application Deadline: 24 May 2018

Interviews will be held week beginning 11 June 2018

Enquiries are welcome via email to

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

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