Four-year PhD Studentships in Science

This scheme offers graduates outstanding training in scientific research.

We’re changing our funding schemes

The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy

Current science PhD programmes will continue to recruit PhD researchers up to 2024.

Scheme at a glance 

Career stage:
Type of researcher:
Where your host organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Studentship stipend, fees and other costs

Duration of funding:

4 years

Key dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

  • Recruitment

    Autumn each year

  • Programmes start

    October each year

Who can apply

You can apply for a studentship on one of Wellcome's four-year programmes if you're a graduate or student who has, or expects to obtain, a degree (or equivalent for EU and overseas candidates) in a relevant subject.

Candidates with other relevant qualifications or research experience may also be eligible.

For more information about eligibility, contact the individual programmes listed in the 'How to apply' section on this page.

Who can't apply

You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

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A Four-year PhD Studentship in Science includes support for:

  • If you're based outside London:

    • Year 1: £19,919
    • Year 2: £21,542
    • Year 3: £23,298
    • Year 4: £23,997

    If you're based in London:

    • Year 1: £22,278
    • Year 2: £24,093
    • Year 3: £26,057
    • Year 4: £26,839
  • Nationals of the UK and Republic of Ireland are eligible to pay home fees.

    Nationals of all other high-income countries will need to pay international fees. From 1 January 2021, this also includes EU and EEA nationals.

    We recommend that you check with the relevant programme to see what fees you will need to pay.

  • college fees (where required)
  • laboratory rotation expenses, if required
  • research expenses
  • transferable skills training
  • transition costs at the end of the studentship to help you move to the next stage of your career

The studentship may be held on a part-time basis.

To apply for a Four-year PhD Studentship in Science, contact one of the programmes below. Please don't apply to Wellcome.


Health Data Research UK

King's College London

Queen Mary University of London

University College London

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Dundee    

University of East Anglia

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Leicester

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Sheffield    


In addition, we also fund four-year PhD programmes at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. Please contact the programmes directly for more information.


Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

  • Recruitment

    Autumn each year

  • Programmes start

    October each year

More information

Read Wellcome's review of PhD training in biomedical research.

See a list of Non-recruiting Four-year PhD Programmes in Science [PDF 23KB]

Contact us

If you have a question about your application, contact the relevant university PhD programme. 

Develop your research career

See our other postgraduate training schemes.