PhD Student Recruitment Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Click on the list below and you will find answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions, please email student-recruitment@crick.ac.uk.

Can international students apply (those outside of EU/EEA)?  

How does the outcome of the UK's vote to leave the EU affect applicants from non-UK EU countries?

What are Crick/Imperial College London, Crick/King's College London and Crick/UCL joint studentships?

What is the stipend?

How long will my studentship be for?

What degree will I receive?

Which of the Crick partner universities will I register at for my PhD?

Are there any English language requirements?

What are the eligibility requirements?

Should I contact the supervisor to disucss my application? 

When is the deadline for applications?

Who should I name as referees?

What will happen with my references?

When will I hear whether I will be invited to interview?

When are the interviews?

If I am invited to interview, will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid by the Crick?

What will happen at the interviews?

How will you contact me?

If I am successful, when will I start my PhD?

Can international students apply (those outside of EU/EEA)?

Students of all nationalities can apply for the Crick PhD Programme, but applicants should note that some of the joint Crick-partner University studentships and some of the externally funded studentships have eligibility restrictions. Please check the individual project descriptions for details on any specific eligibility criteria. If you are unsure of which tuition fees category you fall in, please refer to the UKCISA website.

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How does the outcome of the UK's vote to leave the EU affect applicants from non-UK EU countries?

The immigration and tuition fee status of non-UK EU citizens has not changed as a result of the UK's decision in June 2016 to leave the EU. The Crick has a multinational outlook, and is proud to be a diverse, open and international institute. Our approach to recruiting students for entry in September 2018 will not change. For statements from the Crick and all three of our partner universities on the result of the EU Referendum see:

The Francis Crick Institute

Imperial College London

King's College London

University College London

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What are Crick/Imperial College London, Crick/King's College London and Crick/UCL joint studentships?

Students awarded these studentships will work on a collaborative PhD project and be supervised by a Crick primary supervisor and Imperial College London, King's College London or UCL secondary supervisor. They will follow the Crick PhD Programme and be based between the Crick and their university research group.

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What is the stipend?

Students starting the Crick PhD Programme in September 2018 will be awarded a non-taxable annual living stipend of £22,000. University tuition fees will also be covered.

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How long will my studentship be for?

Four years, though in some cases, students finish their PhD in less than four years.

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What degree will I receive?

You will be registered at and awarded your PhD degree by Imperial College London, King's College London or UCL.  

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Which of the Crick partner universities will I register at for my PhD?

If you are successful in your interview and are offered a position on the Crick PhD Programme, you and your supervisor will decide on the most appropriate partner university for you to register at (Imperial College London, King's College London or UCL). The decision will be based on 'scientific fit' as you and your supervisor will also have to nominate a member of staff from that university to act as a secondary/co-secondary supervisor on your thesis committee.

Students who are awarded a joint Crick/Imperial College London, Crick/King's College London or Crick/UCL studentship will register at those universities.

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Are there any English language requirements?

There are English language requirements for students who are not native English-speakers. You do not need to submit information relating to this during the application process. If you are offered a position on the Crick PhD Programme we will provide you with information on our English language requirements. You will need to provide evidence of meeting our English Language requirements as early as possible and by no later than the end of May. 

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What are the eligibility requirements?

Students accepted onto the Crick PhD Programme will need to meet the academic requirements of our partner universities (Imperial, King's and UCL). Students should hold or expect to gain a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, or a qualification that our partners consider to be equivalent from an international university. In addition, students should have appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, a university degree course and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

More information on our partner universities' academic requirements for international students our can be found via the links below.

Imperial College London: Information on degree requirements for international students. Choose region > then scroll down to 'Entry requirements for international qualifications' and click the postgraduate link.

King's College London: Information on degree requirements for international students. Choose country > then choose the 'key information' link on the right hand side.

UCL: Information on degree requirements for international students. Choose your region > Then choose your country. 

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Should I contact the supervisor to disucss my application? 

It is not necessary to contact the supervisor to discuss your application.

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When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for applications for the 2018 PhD Programme is 12.00 noon (GMT) on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

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Who should I name as referees?

Your referees should be 2 - 3 scientists/academics who are familiar with your academic work and/or research experience and who can judge your potential as a PhD student.

Please select your referees carefully: one must be your current or most recent employer/supervisor, at least one must be able to comment on your university academic record, and at least one must be able to comment on your previous research experience.

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What will happen with my references?

We will contact your referees by email as soon as you submit your application, asking them to complete an online reference form. It is therefore important that you enter your referees' email addresses accurately and that you enter only one email address per referee on the application form. Please also ensure that there are no spaces at the beginning or the end of the email address when you enter it. We will not normally make changes to referee details after your application has been submitted.

When you submit your application please contact your referees to confirm that they have received our reference request email (these emails sometimes get blocked by university security systems or end up in spam folders).

The deadline for reference receipt is 12 noon (GMT) Tuesday 21 November 2017.  Your application may be considered if references are not received by the deadline, however, we will not invite any applicants to interview without 2 references in place.

Please help your referees meet this deadline by informing them of your application, and encouraging them to submit their reference soon after receipt of our email.

You and your referee will receive an acknowledgement email once each reference has been submitted.

NOTE: if you leave your application until the closing date your referees will only have a short time to return your reference.

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When will I hear whether I will be invited to interview?

Shortlisted candidates will receive an emailed invitation to interview by 22 December - if you do not hear from us by this date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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When are the interviews?

The interviews will take place from 09:00 - 18:00, 22 - 23 January 2018. Interviewees will need to attend both days.

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If I am invited to interview, will my travel and accommodation expenses be paid by the Crick? 

Yes, we will pay for your accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses (including for international candidates), if you are invited to interview.

Travel arrangements:

If you will be travelling from within the EU, information on making your travel arrangements will be provided to candidates upon invitation to interview.

If you will be travelling long-haul, from outside the European Economic Area, we will book air travel for you in order to keep your costs down.

Visa:

If you are an international visitor you may need a visa to visit the UK. You can find this information on the UK Visas and Immigration website. If you do need a visa to travel to the UK it is your responsibility to arrange this, but we will arrange for any necessary supporting documentation to be sent to you.

Accommodation:

If you require accommodation, we will arrange and pay for a single room at a hotel in central London. You will be asked about accommodation requirements if you are invited to interview.

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What will happen at the interviews?

On day 1 of the programme you will be interviewed by a panel of group leaders, and asked to give a short presentation on a research project that you have done or are doing, and to discuss one of our pre-selected research papers. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about the Crick and the Crick PhD Programme, and to chat to current PhD students.

Following the panel interviews on day 1, interviewees may be invited to visit individual laboratories on day 2 to discuss the possibility of doing a PhD there. It is possible that some interviewees will not be invited to these lab visits on day 2.

You will be emailed full details of the interview process including the panel interview guidelines if you are invited to interview.

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How will you contact me?

Throughout the application and interview process, we will contact you using the email address that you give on your application form; so please check it regularly. We may also use your telephone contacts.

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If I am successful, when will I start my PhD?

In mid-late September 2018.

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