Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health
PhD Students

Application Process and Funding Sources

To start a PhD at the Babraham Institute you need to apply using the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal regardless of where you are funded from, for more information see our applications page. You must have access to sufficient funding support to cover the University fees and maintenance costs that you incur while studying. You are responsible for ensuring that you are eligible to apply for PhD funding from selected sources.

Funding opportunities

UK Nationals and EU Students

UK Nationals, and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for three years or more can apply to a PhD project via the University of Cambridge BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) or the MRC equivalent. The first year of a DTP involves a structured programme of tailored training courses and two laboratory rotations (here or elsewhere in the University) before progressing to a three-year PhD project within one of the chosen labs. Students on the programme also undertake a three-month internship in a science-related field outside the lab.

These studentships include a tax-free stipend, as well as covering all fees and an allowance to the labs for research expenses.


 

Other EU students

It is essential that you contact the Group Leader that you’d like to work with during your PhD studies before applying for funding. The Group Leader will consider whether there are available opportunities and, could help you to seek appropriate funds.

Other EU nationals who are not eligible for one of our fully funded studentships may be considered for “fees only” awards. EU students in this category will have their student fees paid but will need to find their own funding for their living costs.

Possible sources of funding for maintenance grants to cover these costs would include industrial studentships, studentships from your home country or University of Cambridge-wide funding competitions, such as the Gates Cambridge Trust.
 

Overseas Students

The Babraham Institute also welcomes overseas graduate applicants. It is essential that you contact the Group Leader that you’d like to work with during your PhD studies before seeking sources of funding to work with the Institute. The Group Leader will consider whether there are available opportunities and, could help you to seek appropriate funds.

Overseas students will need to provide their own funding for University fees and for their maintenance stipend. For specific funding sources for overseas graduate students at the University of Cambridge please visit their Funding Search webpage.