Wellcome Sanger Institute PhD Studentships at University of Cambridge in UK 2022

The University of Cambridge in the UK invites applications for the Wellcome Sanger Institute 4-year PhD Studentships in the 2022/23 academic year.

Students apply to the programme rather than to specific Faculty members and spend the first eight months of the programme undertaking three rotation projects in different research groups. This ensures exposure to different disciplines in genomics and allows the students to gain a better overall picture of the scientific nature of the Institute and the different technologies that are available. In particular, all students are required to carry out at least one informatics rotation and one experimental laboratory rotation. This helps students to develop wide-ranging skills both at the bench and in data analysis. Students are required to write a short report or prepare a poster, and make a presentation to the group, at the end of each project. Selection of the final PhD project laboratory is by mutual consent between the student and supervisor and takes place during the third rotation period.

Monitoring of each student’s progress is achieved through the submission of a project report or the preparation of a poster for each rotation, their first-year report, their third-year thesis plan and by thesis committee meetings which take place every 6 months.

During their PhD, students are expected to attend training courses in transferable and general research skills, participate in the students’ journal club, present their work regularly and attend seminars.

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Worth of Award

  • Students offered one of our 4-year PhD programme funded studentships will obtain full financial support, including University tuition fees, regardless of nationality.
  • There will be 12 funded studentships available across all our research areas.


  • Candidates are expected to hold, or be about to achieve, a 1st or 2:1 class degree or an equivalent overseas qualification.
  • If overseas (non-UK, non-EU) applicants, who have not studied in an EU country, have GRE scores, they should include them in their application, as the results from this standardised test enable us to more easily compare applicants from different countries.

Competence in English

  • If your first language is not English you will need to meet the University of Cambridge’s English language requirements, although you do not have to fulfil this requirement before submitting your online application to the Wellcome Sanger Institute. However, if you are offered a place on the programme, you will need to fulfil this requirement before you can be admitted to the University of Cambridge.

How to Apply

You need to complete the Wellcome Sanger Institute on-line application form.

When completing the on-line application form you will need to:

  • Provide details of your academic qualifications
  • Outline any relevant work experience (max 200 words)
  • Choose 3 Faculty members whose research area interests you
  • Outline your research interests and indicate how these fit with the research interests of the Sanger Institute (max 200 words)
  • Write a personal statement on your research experience, research interests and career goals, explaining why you wish to pursue graduate training at the Sanger Institute (max 400 words)
  • Provide details of two academic referees (one of these can be the supervisor of an industrial or research placement)
  • Upload your University transcript(s) (and GRE scores if available) as a PDF file
  • Students who are successful in gaining a funded place on the 4-year PhD Programme will subsequently be required to apply for admission to the University of Cambridge via the University’s Applicant Portal.
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Deadline: Closing date for applications for the 2022 intake: December 2, 2021 (09:00 GMT)


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