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Centre for Trophoblast Research


 **Application for October 2024 opens soon!**

The selection process will take place over two rounds. In the first round, potential project supervisors interview candidates (November 2022) who will be shortlisted to take forward to the second round. In the second round, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the CTR Board of Managers and Directors (January 2023) to award funding to selected candidate(s). Appointments may be made in partnership with one or more Cambridge colleges.

Application opens 26th Sep 2022
Application closes 7th Nov 2022

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

mid/late Nov 2022
Candidate shortlisting announced mid Dec 2022
Deadline to submit English test results 5th Jan 2023

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

Early Jan 2023
Funding decision Jan/Feb 2023

How to find a supervisor

We encourage all applicants to make initial informal inquiries to Project Supervisors regarding projects available for the 2022/23 application cycle.

If you have any queries regarding the selection process, please refer to the procedure list below or email


Application procedure

Once you have identified a potential supervisor(s) and project(s), you should make a formal application by submitting the following application materials to by 7th November 2022:

1.  A completed application form with the following information:

  • List of 3 possible PhD supervisors ranked in order of preference.
  • Personal statement (up to 500 words) outlining your motivation for pursuing PhD research at the CTR, choice of one or more PhD supervisors from the "Current Projects on offer" section
  • List of any relevant research experience, lab-based courses, or other relevant activities.
  • The names and contact details of two academic or research project references.

Please direct your references to submit a letter to our online submission portal by 7th November 2022:

2.  Curriculum-vitae (up to four pages). Please do not include a headshot with your CV.

3.  Transcript of your undergraduate results

4.  Evidence of competence in English (if required – you can check using our tool). If possible, please submit test results with your application. Otherwise, please inform us of the status of your English test using this form and submit test results by 5th January 2023.


Please note that CTR Studentship applications are made to existing projects, and do not require the student to write a project proposal.