Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Studentship Programme

Qualification: PhD

Departments: Health Sciences Genetics Cardiovascular Sciences Leicester Law School Molecular and Cell Biology

Application deadline: 5th December 2019. Interviews to take place in January 2020

Start date: 28th September 2020

Overview

PhD Studentships in the areas of Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics

This is a brand new programme for Leicester, with support from the Wellcome Trust, which can support up to eight students per year (5 intakes). Studentship projects will be available in the following areas:

  1. Genomics for drug development & pharmacogenetics (Lead: Louise Wain): drug target discovery, target validation, drug repurposing, enabled with established partnerships with leading pharmaceuticals.
  2. Genomics for precision medicine in underserved populations (Lead: Martin Tobin): unique opportunities for novel research with our collaborators in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Brazil and India.
  3. Genetically informed causal inference in epidemiology (Lead: Frank Dudbridge): development of methods exploiting genetic data and relatedness to strengthen causal inference in observational research.
  4. Ethical, legal and social implications of genomics and genomic epidemiology studies (Lead: Natalie Armstrong): bringing together our expertise in sociology, psychology, heath services research, medical law, and ethics.Genetically informed causal inference in epidemiology (Lead: Frank Dudbridge): development of methods exploiting genetic data and relatedness to strengthen causal inference in observational research

Meet the Theme Leads

There will be unique opportunities to undertake research placements in Industry with partners: AstraZeneca; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer.

There are also opportunities for students to work with partners in lower-middle income countries.

This is a flexible trainee centred programme with a wide range of skills development, both subject specific and career enhancing.

There will also be 2-3 places for students to take a 1 year Masters (with UK fee waiver) followed by a fully funded 4 year PhD. Further details can be found here

Available projects

Please see details of available PROJECTS

Alternatively, you may propose your own project. In this case we would strongly encourage you to co-develop a project with proposed supervisor(s) in advance of your application.

Further information about the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme can be found here


Funding

Funding

Studentships can include the following:
  • Stipend for the PhD: Year 1 £19,919; Year 2  £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4  £23,997 (rates as of September 2019)
  • 4 year PhD fee waiver at UK/EU rates 
  • International applicants will need to ensure they can pay the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of their studies.
  • For up to 2 students per year from low-and-middle-income countries we offer a 4 year studentship with full international fee waiver and stipend as above.
  • Scope for a fee waiver for a Master's degree in advance of the PhD studies
  • Induction programme, cohort-building and core training
  • Funding for training, research costs directly related to the studentship and a contribution towards project related travel
  • A generous transition fund, focused on preparing students for their subsequent careers – this could for example provide for a student-driven choice of employment placement after submission of their PhD
  • Research placements in industry, or that address the priorities of low and middle income countries (LMICs)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to hold a UK Bachelor Degree with 2:1 honours or better or an overseas equivalent or Masters degree in a relevant subject.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For project enquiries please contact the relevant Theme lead or the project supervisor in the first instance.

Administration and general enquiries to Anna Harding aijh1@le.ac.uk, 0116 252 2974

Application enquiries can be sent to pgradmissions@le.ac.uk 

How to apply

How to apply

All applicants should apply using the Apply button at the bottom of the page. 

The application in the first instance is to Health Sciences but if an offer is made the academic department may change depending on the research project.

Please read carefully the project outlines and once you have chosen a project you want to apply for, indicate this in the Proposal section. Include Studentship title; Supervisor, Host Department and Project Reference Number. Please contact the proposed Supervisor for an informal discussion prior to submitting your application.

Alternatively, you may propose your own project. In this case we would strongly encourage you to co-develop a project with proposed supervisor(s) in advance of your application. If you specify your own project, use Project Reference SPP/1 in your application and upload a 1–page project description in the proposal section.

In the section on Funding enter the source of funding as Wellcome Trust DTP

Please upload into the application system:  

A current CV.

Applicant Statement (maximum 700 words) addressing the following:

(i) List up to three projects in order of your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice

(ii) Why are you planning to undertake a PhD?

(iii) Why should you be considered for a PhD studentship in this programme?

(iv) Justify your choice of project(s)

Include referee contact details in the section provided and upload copies of your degree certificates and transcripts for study already completed and any transcripts to date for study currently being undertaken.

This programme is not intended for clinically active medically qualified candidates.

Further information about other studentship opportunities at Leicester is available here.

Eligibility

Eligibility

UK/EU and International* applicants may apply.

*International applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference between UK/EU and International tuition fees for the duration of the PhD.

We also will offer 2 fully funded places to international applicants from Lower-middle income countries  per year. These will provide a full overseas fee waiver and stipend for 4 years.

Projects for 2020/1

Projects for 2020/1

Available projects are split into 4 themes and can be found here

Alternatively, you may propose your own project. In this case we would strongly encourage you to co-develop a project with proposed supervisor(s) in advance of your application.  

Refer to the How to Apply section for advice on submitting your application.