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Centre for Trophoblast Research


The Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR) offers fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships at home or international rates.

The Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR) provides a dynamic environment for PhD training in placental biology and reproductive science. Founded in 2007, the Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR) brings together 30 Principal Investigators with a shared interest in the scientific study of the placenta, early development and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy. Our PIs are recognized international experts in their fields based across Cambridge in the Departments of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Genetics, and allied institutes, including the Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease, the LMB,  Babraham, and Wellcome Sanger Institute. A CTR Studentship will be held within the relevant   Department or Institute, where an internal Departmental Postgraduate Educational Committee is responsible for administering your degree.

Our PhD students have access to unique training opportunities to prepare them for successful careers in research. Students will present their research by giving seminars at our annual CTR Away Days and Annual Meetings and attend a variety of seminars given by distinguished scientists with the CTR and affiliated Department or Institute. There are also opportunities to participate and present in interdisciplinary seminars hosted by Cambridge Reproduction Strategic Research Initiative of which the CTR is a founding member. Students will gain training in our Placental Biology Course and receive support from the CTR to attend international meetings. CTR PhD students will also become members of the Postgraduate School of the Life Sciences, which organises and promotes many further training opportunities.

We are pleased to consider applications for fully funded, full-time study over four years or part-time over five years. Studentships are open for applications in September of the year prior to the start of your studies. Candidates are expected to begin studies in October (Michaelmas term).


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Life in Cambridge

All PhD students at the University of Cambridge are affiliated with a college, where they can find accommodation, community, and a range of facilities and services. To find out more about life in Cambridge and its 31 historic, we encourage students to take a virtual tour of prospective colleges and departments. 




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2023-24 Indicative timeline

Stage Date
Application opens 12 Oct 2023
Application closes 16 Nov 2023

First round interviews: Zoom interview(s) with potential PhD supervisors

Nov/Dec 2023
Candidate shortlisting announced Dec 2023 

Second round interviews: Zoom interview with CTR Board of Managers and Directors

early Jan 2024
Funding decision Jan/Feb 2024