Students discussing talks at the 2019 Crick Autumn meeting.

PhD student recruitment

We are looking for talented and motivated graduates with backgrounds in biological or biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics or computer science to join the 2019 Crick PhD programme.


The EU referendum & PhD applications for 2019

The Crick has a multinational outlook, and we are proud to be a diverse, open and international institute, with staff and students from more than 70 countries. Our approach to considering applications from prospective students for entry in September 2019 will not change and we encourage students of all nationalities to apply for the programme. 

Please see our statement on the result of the EU Referendum, and those of our three partner universities:

Applications to the 2019 Crick PhD Programme are now closed.

If you submitted an application by the deadline information about the positions available and the recruitment process are contained here. If you applied to the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) City of London (CoL) Centre PhD Programme, please refer to the CRUK CoL programme pages for further information about the recruitment process.

What we offer 

The Crick PhD studentship includes

  • A place on the 4-year Crick PhD Programme
  • £22,000 tax-free student stipend (living allowance) per year for 4 years
  • 4-years’ tuition fees

Eligibility & academic entry criteria

Candidates of all nationalities can apply for the Crick PhD programme and studentship.

The standard Crick PhD programme and studentship academic eligibility criteria are:

  • A first/upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK university) in a relevant subject.
  • Appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, an undergraduate or masters degree course in a relevant subject.
  • Appropriate English language skills.

English skills

You do not need to submit information relating to English language skills during the application process. If you are offered a studentship we will provide you with information on our English language requirements. You will need to prove you meet the requirements as early as possible and by no later than the end of May 2019.

A small number of individual PhD positions have restricted eligibility because of specific criteria associated with the funding for that position. If any additional eligibility criteria apply to a particular position, this is noted at the top of the individual PhD position page. 

Application process

Key dates

  • 19 March 2019

    Application deadline: 12 noon (GMT)

  • 26 March 2019

    Deadline for referees to submit references

  • By 25 April 2019

    Applicants notified of the outcome of their application.

    Either: invited to interview, or unsuccessful

  • 09 May 2019

    Interviews at the Crick

  • By 30 May 2019

    Interviewees informed of final outcome

  • Summer 2019

    University admission process undertaken

  • 23 September 2019

    PhD start date


Before beginning an application, you should:

  1. Read the information on this page and the how to apply instructions in full
  2. Find out about the group leaders recruiting PhD students to start in September 2019 and view their recorded talks
  3. Find out about the group leaders' labs (find a link to each lab on the position page)

When applying, you must:

  1. Complete all required sections of the application form in full
  2. Submit your application through our academic recruitment system.


Got questions?

Get in contact:


Interviews will take place at the Crick on Thursday 09 May.

Candidates will need to be available all day. We will pay for hotel accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses from your term-time address, including for international candidates. If you will be travelling from outside the European Economic Area, we will book air travel to keep costs down.

During the morning, candidates will be interviewed by a panel of group leaders, will find out more about the Crick and our PhD programme, and have the opportunity to talk to current students. In the afternoon candidates will visit individual labs to discuss the possibility of doing a PhD there.

After the interviews, group leaders will decide who they would like to make an offer to. All interviewees will be notified of the final outcome of their application by the end of May 2019.


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