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Introduction to Wellcome Trust Four PhD Programme in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health at the University of Edinburgh.

Apply for entry in October 2024

Applications are now CLOSED for entry in October 2024.

Online programme information session

Video: HPGH info session 2023
HPGH PhD programme info session.

The Wellcome Trust Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

We are part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

A mosquito after taking a blood meal

Strongly interdiscplinary PhD programme to PhD to train infectious disease researchers.

Students on this programme addressing global health challenges by understanding how infectious agents are spread, cause disease, interact with the immune and other body systems, or evolve to overcome our therapeutic interventions.

Students are strongly encouraged to combine research in a UK and developing country setting, or take interdisciplinary approaches that combine epidemiological, molecular and evolutionary mechanisms. 

This basic science PhD programme is led by Professors Mark Woolhouse and Keith Matthews, from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.  It is also supported by the University-wide network of researchers interested in infectious diseases, Edinburgh Infectious Diseases.

School of Biological Sciences

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases

Seven students recruited

The Programme has an intake of seven students for 2023.  We warmly welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and particularly would like to encourage students from black and other minority ethnic groups to apply.

Six places will be fully funded by the Wellcome Trust and are open to applicants from the UK, EU and the Rest of World, and an additional seventh fully funded scholarship will be awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Fees are fully covered by the Programme, and all students will receive a generous starting stipend of £23,955 per annum, plus travel and research funds for all four years of the Programme.

Supporting basic science

Please note that this is a basic science training programme.

Applicants who are carrying out medical or veterinary training are not eligible to apply.

All HPGH students, June 2019
L to R: Kyriaki Neophytou, Florian Bach, Alex Morgan, Alíz Owolabi, Oumie Kuyateh, Frank Venter, Áine O’Toole, Molly Carlier, Tasha Smith, Mark Woolhouse, Rowan Bancroft, Hanne Stawarz, Guy Oldrieve, Sanjana Ravindran, Audrey Ryback, Keith Matthews

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