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Wolfson College-PDN funded studentship 2021

Applications are invited for two 4-year Wolfson College-PDN PhD Studentships to conduct Neuroscience research in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience available from October 2021.  These students will join the School of Biological Science Doctoral Training Programme and will participate in training and cohort building events with other SBS DTP students and undertake a Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS) of 3 months.   The Wolfson College-PDN Studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate a strong academic background and an aptitude for research.

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

The Wolfson College-PDN 4-year PhD studentships will cover fees at the Home rate and provide a stipend to support living costs. Students who are not eligible for home fee status will need to seek additional sources of funding to cover the difference between the home fee rate and the overseas fee rate.  Information about University fees and standard maintenance costs for 2021/2022 is available here, including information on fee status here.

Wolfson College offers all of its PhD students up to three years of housing in reasonably priced student accommodation.  Accommodation in the first year is not guaranteed but is usually available to new students who meet all conditions of their offer by 31 July (and often thereafter). 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, they 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 and it would be helpful if you could also add the Wolfson College-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, Postgraduate Administrator (e-mail: ).  Please note, applicants who have also applied to the MRC DTP will need to submit another application to our PhD in PDN code in order to be considered for this studentship.

Applications with ALL supporting documentation to be submitted by 12 Midday on Thursday 7 January 2021 at the latest.

Interview dates to be confirmed. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Applications on the Applicant Portal will cost you £70 per 3 applications (further information).

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