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Studentships at the Gurdon Institute

Come and do your PhD at the world-leading Gurdon Institute

Current calls for applications to studentships with specific funding schemes, to start in October 2018


Galop Filopodia pink flashesA Cambridge-MedImmune PhD Programme studentship in 'Cell biology and the actin cytoskeleton' is offered for home/EU students by Jenny Gallop, co-supervised by Claire Dobson at MedImmune. As well as basic science, this project involves close collaboration with MedImmune and experience of working with industry. Applications to be made via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website by 30 November 2017 (see information on the University Studentships Opportunities site).

Royal Society fully-funded 4-year studentship for home/ EU students is offered by Andrea Brand on the topic of ‘Stem cells to synapses: regulation of self-renewal and differentiation in the nervous system’. Prospective students should contact Prof Brand directly by , stating their research interests and sending a CV and the names of 2-3 referees. Also see the Brand lab research page.  Application deadline: 23 November 2017 (to start in October 2018).

4yrPhDposterWellcome Four-year PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms. This programme brings together four university departments and the Gurdon Institute, so that you can choose from over 40 host laboratories, spending the first year in rotation experiencing three different labs. Apply by 4th January 2018.


CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD in Cancer Biology: Phil Zegerman and Steve Jackson will supervise an MRes+PhD project in Regulation of DNA replication by checkpoint kinases to commence in October 2018. Applications to be made via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website by 30 November 2017 (first see information on the CRUK Cambridge Centre website).


Clinical Research Training Fellowships for 2018: Emma Rawlins will supervise a PhD project in: Subversion of quiescence mechanisms in lung squamous cell cancers. Applications for these Fellowships must be made via the University's Job Opportunities website by 30 November 2017.


Applying to do your PhD at the Gurdon Institute

Prospective PhD students are advised to apply to the appropriate course/Department well before the funding deadline of 6 December 2017.

We welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students. We have a thriving population of graduates who contribute greatly to both the stimulating research environment and the life of the Institute as a whole. Graduates also become members of the University biological or medical sciences department to which their group leader is affiliated.

Graduate studentships are supported from various public and private sources. The Wellcome Trust finances a number of schemes in the University, including one in Developmental Mechanisms and one in stem cells. The CRUK Cambridge Centre also provides studentships.  Current calls are listed above.

Most studentships are administered through Departments where our group leaders are affiliated, even though their labs are entirely within the Gurdon Institute. Prospective students must quote the correct Department on their application form.

Applicants can at the same write to the group leader they wish to join (get in touch by email at with their CV and names of 2-3 referees. 

Further information on the application process, with course directories and funding database, can be found on the University's Graduate Admissions website.

Departmental affiliations:

  • Julie Ahringer, Genetics
  • Andrea Brand, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Jenny Gallop, Biochemistry
  • John Gurdon, Zoology
  • Meri Huch, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Steve Jackson, Biochemistry 
  • Tony Kouzarides, Pathology
  • Rick Livesey, Biochemistry 
  • Hansong Ma, Genetics
  • Eric Miska, Genetics 
  • Emma Rawlins, Pathology
  • Daniel St Johnston, Genetics
  • Azim Surani, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience 
  • Phil Zegerman, Biochemistry

Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.

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