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AstraZeneca four-year PhD programme in Biochemistry to begin in October 2019

Generous package providing fees for Home/EU students, maintenance and consumables, and support from additional AZ-based project supervisor.

Gurdon Institute participating group leaders are those with an affiliation to the Biochemistry Dept: Steve Jackson, Phil Zegerman or Jenny Gallop.

Closing date: 9th January 2019. (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


2019 Dev Mechs 4yrFour-year PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms to begin in October 2019

The Wellcome-funded Dev Mech programme is taking applications for entry in October 2019. You can choose among six different departments including the Gurdon Institute for your three rotations, and then make a final choice on where to continue with a PhD.

Visit the programme website for more information and the application process. There are two sets of applications to fill in so start working on it now! 

Closing date: 3rd January 2019.  (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


General information on applying to do your PhD at the Gurdon Institute:

Prospective PhD students are advised to apply to the appropriate course/Department towards the end of the calendar year preceding the October in which they hope to start, well before the funding deadlines in early December.

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. (Privacy and Data Protection policy)

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
  • 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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