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Wolfson-PDN funded studentship from October 2020

Applications are invited for a 3 year Wolfson-PDN PhD Studentship to conduct research in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience available from October 2020.  The Wolfson-PDN Studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate a strong academic background and an aptitude for research.                                       

The studentship is funded by the Department of PDN and Wolfson College. The successful applicant will become a member of Wolfson College, which offers a lively and welcoming home to a diverse and cosmopolitan community of postgraduate and older (21+) undergraduate students.

This award will cover UK/EU-level University fees and a maintenance allowance at the RCUK rate. Information about University fees and standard maintenance costs for 2020/2021 is available here.

Wolfson College offers all of its PhD students up to three years of housing in reasonably priced student accommodation, provided they have met all the conditions of their offer and apply for accommodation by 15 July 2020. Detailed information here.

Applicants for this course should have or be about to achieve a first or upper second class degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements.  Full details of the University’s entrance requirements are specified here.  Minimum English requirements can be found here


Step 1: Contact supervisor(s)
Make contact with the supervisor(s) by email to find out more information about projects. A list of supervisors and available projects is available at:  Include your CV, detailing your academic record and contact details for 2 academic referees. Initial enquiries should be made as early as possible.

Step 2: University Application
If the supervisor wishes to support you for the competition, he/she will ask you to apply formally to the University using the online application form (Applicant Portal) selecting the appropriate course:

Course:  PhD in Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

List the name of your prospective supervisor in the Research section of the form, it would be helpful if you could also add the Wolfson-PDN project title (this is especially important where a supervisor has more than one project available).  Enter your Research Proposal (7500 characters) into the ‘Course Specific Questions’ section of your portal application.


Project related questions may be addressed directly to the supervisorRequests for general information or enquiries about procedures including advice if you have already submitted an application to our Department via the PhD in PDN code should be directed to Aileen Jordan, Graduate Administrator (e-mail  Please note:  applicants who have applied to the MRC DTP will need to submit an application to our PhD in PDN code in order to be considered for this studentship.

 Online applications with ALL supporting documentation to be submitted by 

12 Midday on Tuesday 7 January 2020 at the latest.

Interview dates to be confirmed. 

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Applications on the Applicant Portal will cost you £65 per 3 applications, (if you cannot apply online, you may apply on paper, but the fee is £100).