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Cell-level quantification of the protein PIN1 in an early flower. Image by Image credit: Henrik Åhl, Jönsson Group.

Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships

If you are intending to apply for scholarship funding, please be aware that you may need to submit your application up to one year in advance of when you wish to commence study.


University of Cambridge central funding

Applications for funding open in September and deadlines are at the beginning of December for the start of the course in the following October. USA students applying for Gates Cambridge Scholarships have a shorter time to apply within and must have applied by October for study that commences in October the following year.


Scholarships and Studentships for postgraduate research include:


Department Funding

In addition to the University's Postgraduate Funding, more funding is available directly from the University’s colleges and departments.


Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) studentships

Applications for the 2022 School of Biological Sciences (DTP) PhD Programme are now open

SLCU is part of the School of Biological Science DTP Programme, which provides additional funding and training opportunities for a 4-year, full-time PhD degree. The School of the Biological Sciences DTP can be for any relevant area of plant biology, including fundamental science, or that underpinning food security, crop improvement or energy transitions.

General enquiries:


DTP Programme Structure

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) DTP Programme is a 4-year, full-time PhD degree. During the PhD project, you will continue to undertake further research skills and subject-specific training, and spend 12 weeks undertaking a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS). 

Students must successfully complete a First Year Registration Assessment before the end of their first year in order to progress to year 2 and be formally registered for the degree.

The final thesis is due for submission no later than 48 months after the course start date. For students starting in October 2022, the final date for submission of a thesis is 30 September 2026.


Professional Internships for PhD students

A distinctive feature of the SBS DTP is that all students undertake a 3-month internship during the 4-year PhD programme. The professional internship should be unrelated to your PhD project and provides the opportunity to experience a different working environment. This could be in a large company, a small start-up (of which there are many to choose from in the Cambridge area), in scientific publishing, outreach or policy development in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Previous PIPS have been hosted by AstraZeneca, Cambridge Cancer Genomics Ltd, UL EHS Sustainability, Alzheimer's Research UK, Royal Society of Biology, The Company of Biologists, The Naked Scientists, Entomics Biosystems Ltd, to name a few.

You will continue to receive your stipend throughout the internship and there are some funds available (up to £1000) to cover expenses related to PIPS such as for travel or accommodation. Sometimes, the host organisation might also contribute to the cost of your expenses.


Training and Networking

The SBS DTP includes a programme of training and cohort building events spread across the four years. We expect all students who have been enrolled in the training to attend every session; the training is an integral part of your course aimed at your personal development for future careers. 

The training programme has been developed according to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF). The CamRDF maps out the skills and personal qualities needed to conduct up-to-date, professional research, in what is an ever more interdisciplinary and international context. It breaks this down into fifteen competencies, all of which are highly valued and sought after by employers both within and beyond academia. The competencies are grouped into four inter-connected areas: Personal Effectiveness, Engaging Others, Career Progression and Research Expertise. You can find out more here.

In addition to the training organised by the DTP Office you will also have access to a large range of training opportunities offered by the University Training service and your Department or Partner Institute. You should use the DTP programme as a base upon which you can build more specialised training tailored to your interests and needs (as informed by your ongoing Skills Analysis Survey). You will also have access to a fund of £920, which can be used during your PhD to cover travel expenses to conferences. 

More information about the School of Biological Sciences (DTP) PhD Studentships