Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

PhD Students

Application Process and Funding Sources

Funding opportunities

UK Nationals and EU Students

UK Nationals and EU applicants with 3 years residence in the UK are eligible to apply directly to the Babraham Institute for fully funded studentships. They can also apply to the University of Cambridge BBSRC DTP consortium, of which the Babraham Institute is a Partner, to do a PhD at the Institute.

These will pay a living allowance which was £14,553 p.a. untaxed for the academic year 2017/18. Your University and College fees will also be paid. The studentships are funded for up to 4 years depending upon their source. 


Other EU students

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 University and College fees paid but will need to find their own funding for their maintenance.

Possible sources of funding for maintenance grants would include industrial studentships, studentships from the student’s home country or University of Cambridge-wide funding competitions, such as Gates Cambridge Trust or Cambridge Home and European Scholarships (CHESS). 

Overseas Students

The Babraham Institute also welcomes Overseas Graduate applicants but has no direct funds to support them.

Overseas students will need to provide their own funding for University and College fees and for their maintenance stipend.

For specific funding sources for overseas graduate students at the University of Cambridge please visit their Funding Search web page

General Advice

It is essential that such other EU Nationals and Overseas applicants should initially contact one of our Babraham Institute Group Leaders in whose laboratory they wish to carry out their PhD studies, as early as possible, and BEFORE applying for funding. This will allow the Group Leader to determine if they have any PhD positions available in their research group at the appropriate time and to determine if they are prepared to make a case to the Babraham Institute Graduate Committee to sponsor funding applications for them to University of Cambridge funds via the GRADSAF (e.g. Gates Cambridge Trusts, Cambridge Overseas and Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge International Studentship Scheme etc.) or to national funding schemes from their own country.

Such applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. These awards are highly competitive, with many more applicants than there are awards available. You should, therefore investigate all other potential sources of funding.


EU nationals should check their eligibility for funding for Research Council Studentships. The University/Institute will require evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself over the whole three year course.

Competition for admission to the Babraham Institute and University of Cambridge graduate programmes is intense. Like all departments in the Graduate School, we require all our graduate entrants to have:
  • At least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject

  • Two outstanding references from Senior University staff at your most recent University

  • Fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.
​For more details of the University’s academic requirements see the University’s Graduate Prospectus:

How to Apply

To apply, submit a full Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter indicating the two projects in which you are most interested, in order of preference. Applicants should arrange for two referees to write to the Institute on their behalf before the deadline (Sunday 3rd December 2017).
Please include contact details that we can use to reach you between the 2nd and 17th January 2018. Reasonable Travel expenses will be paid to those invited to attend our Institute Graduate Open Day for interview on Wednesday 17th January 2018.
Our website provides a checklist of the information required to be provided in your application before it can be considered ( Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send applications to: HR and Graduate Studies Assistant, The Babraham Institute, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge CB22 3AT, or email by Sunday 3rd December 2017.

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