How to apply
Applications for entry to the Programme in October 2022 have now closed.
Applications for entry in October 2022
The closing date for applications was 12 noon GMT on Tuesday 11 January 2022.
General entry requirements
This is a basic science programme. Applicants who are carrying out medical or veterinary training, or who intend to return to clinical practice after completing their PhD, are not eligible to apply.
We are looking for candidates who have (or who expected to be awarded), at least a good 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject.
Typically candidates will already have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some hands-on research experience.
There is no need to contact a supervisor before applying – the projects described on the website are to give you an idea of the type of work you may be able to undertake with supervisors once you select your PhD project toward the end of your first year on the programme.
We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. In particular we would like to encourage students from black and other minority ethnic groups to apply, and are committed to assessing applications without reference to the name, age, gender or nationality of the candidates. Exceptionally, candidates who have 2:2 degrees may also be considered.
Six students recruited each year
The Programme has an intake of six students per year.
Five places will be fully funded by the Wellcome Trust and are open to applicants from the UK, EU and the Rest of World.
In addition a sixth fully funded scholarship will be awarded by the University of Edinburgh to a nominee from one of the nine partners in the Tackling Infection to Benefit Africa Global Health unit.
All University fees will be covered for successful students, regardless of country of citizenship.
International student entry requirements
Find out about country-specific postgraduate entry requirements.
English language proficiency
Please note that all non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English Language before they are able to join the University of Edinburgh. Details of what is needed can be found on the University website.
You do not need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency when you are applying – it is only required before you can be offered an unconditional place on the Programme following the interview.
All students will receive a generous starting stipend of £19,919 per annum, plus travel and research funds for all four years of the Programme. All University fees will be covered, regardless of country of citizenship.
Submitting applications for entry in October 2022
What you need to do
- Complete online application form
- Complete anonymous demography form
- Send supporting documents to email@example.com
- Ensure referees send in reference form by closing date
Details for each section are given below.
Closing date for all applications is 12 noon GMT on Tuesday 11 January 2022. Applications submitted late or in the wrong format cannot be accepted.
1. Online application form
2. Applicant demography
3. Supporting documents required
- Standard Curriculum vitae
- Academic transcripts of first degree courses (and second degree if applicable) - all transcripts should be provided in English, or with official translation if necessary
- Copies of degree certificates with final classification - an official translation should be provided if necessary
Please submit your supporting documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants should give the names of two academic referees on their application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact each of their referees and ask them to complete and submit the referee form.
The referee forms should be returned in pdf format directly by the referees by 12 noon GMT on Tuesday 11 January 2022 via email
If you have any questions please email Hilary Snaith (email@example.com).
Arrangements for candidate interviews
It is anticipated that interviews will be held online in late February 2022.
Successful candidates who are selected for interview will be informed two weeks before the interview date.