PhD studentships

After choosing to do a PhD, selecting where to do it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your early career. Broadly speaking, there are 3 main routes to getting a PhD:

  • Find a supervisor and together you agree on a project and find funding
  • A supervisor advertises a specific project, usually with some funding
  • Apply to a formal PhD programme

Here we aim to support you getting a PhD in developmental biology by providing an overview of the available programmes for PhDs in the field (below). Universities often has have Doctoral Training Programmes though which supervisors may advertise PhDs – some of these will be in Developmental Biology but the exact details will vary year to year. Where possible, we’ll advertise such PhDs on our blog. Please get in touch if you’d like us to share a PhD.

In the long term, we’re working on developing application management templates, application advice and examples to fully support your endeavours. In the meantime, why not check out our CV boosters for opportunities and experiences to enhance your PhD, or indeed undergraduate, experiences.

PhD programmes within the UK

Name Institution Funder Eligibility Length Advisor
Developmental Mechanisms University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust Min 2.1 in relevant undergrad. 1+3 years -MPhil+PhD Alexandra Ashcroft
Graduate Studentship University of Cambridge Center for Trophoblast Research Min 2.1 in relevant undergrad.
Chromosome and Developmental Biology University of Oxford Wellcome Trust Min 2.1 in relevant undergrad. 1+3 years – rotations but no MPhil Ines Alvarez Rodrigo
Cell and Developmental Biology University College London Must find own funding Min 2.1 in relevant undergrad. 1+3 years -MPhil+PhD