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Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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

Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Studentships starting October 2017.

Closing date: 2 January 2017

Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 23 January 2017

This Programme involves a collaboration between the University of Cambridge 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 basic microbial molecular biology and fundamental immunology including cell, molecular and structural biology through to microbial pathogenesis, inflammation and computational biology.      

Programme Structure

The first year of training involves 3 practical mini-projects selected by the students as well as literature-driven in-depth analyses of research topics relevant to the overall themes of the Programme.  At the end of the first year students choose a supervisor for their 3-year PhD project and write a research proposal.  Before the 2nd academic year commences, students are formally assessed for a Master degree on the basis of their research proposal and a portfolio of written and practical laboratory projects.

Further Information and How to Apply

A starting stipend of approximately £19,919 per annum is offered.  The studentships also include research consumables, a small travel allowance and College and University 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 Amanda Goldsmith 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
    • Names and contact details of 3 references (one of whom should have been a project supervisor
    • Completed application form (download from

Visit the Programme website for further details of this varied and challenging course:

Informal enquiries may be made to Amanda Goldsmith, Programme Administrator,


Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.