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Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation


Closing date: 2 September 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this programme now has one studentship available beginning in October 2015.

This Programme involves a collaboration between the School of Clinical Medicine, the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, the Department of Pathology, the Department of Veterinary Medicine, and the Department of Biochemistry.

The major themes are cell and molecular biology (including structural and cell biology), immunity, infection and inflammation. 

The first year of training involves 3 practical mini-projects selected by the students. These are offered by research laboratories involved in each of the Programme themes, as well as literature-driven in-depth analyses of topics of research relevant to the overall themes of the Programme. At the end of the first year, students are assessed formally for a Master degree on the basis of a portfolio of written and practical laboratory projects.

Students then choose a supervisor for their 3-year PhD thesis projects, which are carried out during years 2-4.

A starting stipend of approximately £19,919 per annum is offered. The studentships will include research costs, and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. 

Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree are invited to apply.  Funding to meet the additional fees for overseas students may be available.

To apply please send the following to Claudia Allmendinger by email to :

  • Your CV where you clearly state your 1st degree final grade. If you are an undergraduate please indicate the expected grade
  • A letter of application where you explain the reasons why you are applying for the PhD Programme in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
  • Contact details for 3 referees (one of whom should have been a project supervisor).  Please ask your referees to send their references directly to by the 2nd September 2015.
  • Completed application form (click here to download)

More detailed information on this programme is available here