Biomedical Sciences


Career Development PhD Scholarships in Biomedical Sciences

The University of Edinburgh seeks to attract the best and brightest PhD students in the biomedical sciences, to engage in and assist with the development of collaborative research and teaching programmes with international partner universities.

Application deadline: 12.00 (midday), Thursday 1 June 2017

Three Career Development PhD Scholarships are offered.

These incorporate an innovative programme of research, international experience, training and career development. These scholarships are specifically targeted to the current development of substantial research and teaching links in the area of Biomedical Sciences between the University of Edinburgh and Zhejiang University, China. Each scholarship covers the UK/EU rate of tuition fee as well as a stipend of £14,553 per annum. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships are awarded for 4 years.

This exciting scholarship scheme provides a unique framework for postgraduate research students to undertake research training and development, together with experience of teaching and mentoring in an international context. We envisage that Career Development Scholars will develop novel skills offering a greater breadth of career choices and opportunities in research, teaching, and international collaboration, development and exchange.

Research Projects


Career Development PhD Scholars will undertake a PhD research project in one of the leading biomedical research laboratories in Edinburgh, and will also engage in training for and delivery of undergraduate teaching within the University of Edinburgh and at the Zhejiang University–University of Edinburgh Institute in China. It is expected that students will commit 25% of their time to this programme, which will focus on skill development related to teaching and learning in a unique international and undergraduate environment. Payment for teaching activities is included in the annual stipend.

Further information on Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

Application details

  • Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • Applications should include a full C.V. with details of relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Applications should include a one-page covering letter explaining why you are applying for a Career Development PhD Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. Your covering letter should address both the research and teaching aspects of the scholarship.
  • In your covering letter, please state up to three preferred PhD projects.
  • Applications must include full contact details of 2 academic referees.
  • Normally the scholarships cover UK/EU tuition fees only. For exceptional candidates, additional funding may be available to cover tuition fees for overseas students.
  • Applications should be emailed to Kathryn Nicol, Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Email:

Application deadline: 12.00 (midday), Thursday 1 June 2017

We expect to hold interviews on 22 and 23 June, and PhD programmes will start in September 2017.

If you have an enquiry about a specific project, please contact the project supervisor (see the relevant project description for contact details). If you have a general enquiry about the scholarships or application process, please contact Kathryn Nicol. Email: