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Wellcome Trust PhD Scholarship at University of Leicester

Wellcome Trust PhD Scholarship at University of Leicester: The University of Leicester, UK offers a Wellcome Trust Scholarship for Four Year PhD degree programme for the 2020 academic year. The scholarship is for EU and non-EU students(international students) who wishes to undergo a research study at the university.

The programme is brand new at the university with support from the Wellcome Trust, which can support up to eight students per year (5 intakes). Studentship projects will be available in the following areas:

  • Genomics for drug development & pharmacogenetics (Lead: Louise Wain): drug target discovery, target validation, drug repurposing, enabled with established partnerships with leading pharmaceuticals.
  • Genomics for precision medicine in underserved populations (Lead: Martin Tobin): unique opportunities for novel research with our collaborators in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Brazil and India.
  • Genetically informed causal inference in epidemiology (Lead: Frank Dudbridge): development of methods exploiting genetic data and relatedness to strengthen causal inference in observational research.
  • Ethical, legal and social implications of genomics and genomic epidemiology studies (Lead: Natalie Armstrong): bringing together our expertise in sociology, psychology, heath services research, medical law, and ethics.Genetically informed causal inference in epidemiology (Lead: Frank Dudbridge): development of methods exploiting genetic data and relatedness to strengthen causal inference in observational research

Level/Field of Study: PhD degree programme with focus in the following fields of study – Health Sciences, Genetics, Cardiovascular, Sciences, and Molecular and Cell Biology.

Eligible Countries: International Students

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Benefits of Wellcome Trust PhD Scholarship

The Studentships can include the following:

  • Stipend for the PhD: Year 1 £19,919; Year 2  £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4  £23,997 (rates as of September 2019)
  • 4 year PhD fee waiver at UK/EU rates 
  • International applicants will need to ensure they can pay the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of their studies.
  • For up to 2 students per year from low-and-middle-income countries we offer a 4 year studentship with full international fee waiver and stipend as above.
  • Scope for a fee waiver for a Master’s degree in advance of the PhD studies
  • Induction programme, cohort-building and core training
  • Funding for training, research costs directly related to the studentship and a contribution towards project related travel
  • A generous transition fund, focused on preparing students for their subsequent careers – this could for example provide for a student-driven choice of employment placement after submission of their PhD
  • Research placements in industry, or that address the priorities of low and middle income countries (LMICs)


  • Applicant must be UK/EU and International student
  • International applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference between UK/EU and International tuition fees for the duration of the PhD.
  • Applicants should hold or expect to hold a UK Bachelor Degree with 2:1 honours or better or an overseas equivalent or Masters degree in a relevant subject.
  • Language requirement is English.

Application Procedure

Applicant is required to read carefully the project outlines and once you have chosen a project you want to apply for, indicate this in the Proposal section. Include Studentship title; Supervisor, Host Department and Project Reference Number. Please contact the proposed Supervisor for an informal discussion prior to submitting your application.

Alternatively, you may propose your own project. In this case we would strongly encourage you to co-develop a project with proposed supervisor(s) in advance of your application. If you specify your own project, use Project Reference SPP/1 in your application and upload a 1–page project description in the proposal section.

You are also require to upload a current CV (maximum 700 words) stating the following:

  • List up to three projects in order of your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice
  • Why are you planning to undertake a PhD?
  • Why should you be considered for a PhD studentship in this programme?
  • Justify your choice of project(s)

Include referee contact details in the section provided and upload copies of your degree certificates and transcripts for study already completed and any transcripts to date for study currently being undertaken.

Application Deadline: 5th December, 2019.

To learn more about the scholarship visit Wellcome Trust PhD Scholarship at University of Leicester.

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