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Centre for Trophoblast Research


CTR Graduate Studentships paused


Due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve taken the difficult decision to pause the application round in 2020.


We look forward to reopening the programme and will announce our next round of recruitment in Autumn 2021. Thank you to all our applicants and the wider research community for your support and understanding during these uncertain times.




CTR Graduate Studentships

Application process usually opens 1 October

Application deadline usually closes in December


Applications are currently closed



When possible the Centre for Trophoblast Research aims to fund up to two PhD studentships commencing in October. These may be held in any relevant department within the University or affiliated institutes. The studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate both a strong academic background and an aptitude for research. The studentships will be fully funded at Wellcome Trust rates for three or four years of full-time research depending on academic background, and are open to UK, EU and overseas students. The Centre is also willing to consider hosting students for the PhD who have already secured independent funding. For information regarding the costs of PhD training in Cambridge please refer to the Board of Graduate Studies website: 


Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a first class honours degree in a relevant biological subject. Applicants holding a Masters degree will also be welcome to apply for a 3-year studentship. For overseas students the minimum undergraduate GPA for entrance into the University is 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and those for whom English is not their native language should see the Board of Graduate Studies’ guidelines regarding Competence in English. Research students are initially admitted without being registered for a particular degree, and are only registered for the PhD on satisfactory completion of a report at the end of their first year of study.


Application procedure

We encourage all applicants to make initial informal inquiries regarding projects available and listed on our website here:

Once you have identified a potential supervisor and project you should make a formal application as follows:

Send a curriculum-vitae, a half-page personal statement outlining your motivation for research at the Centre, two confidential academic references in sealed envelopes, and, if possible, a transcript of your undergraduate results to:

The Administrator,
Centre for Trophoblast Research,
Physiology Building,
Downing Street,
Cambridge CB2 3EG, UK

Applications by postal mail only.