Students discussing talks at the 2019 Crick Autumn meeting.

PhD student recruitment

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


Brexit and applications for the Crick PhD Programme

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 different countries. We encourage students of all nationalities to apply for the programme.

Please see the following webpages for more information on Brexit:

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, a university degree course and/or a Masters degree 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 2020.

Application process

  • 13 November 2019

    Application deadline: 12 noon (GMT)

  • 20 November 2019

    Deadline for referees to submit references

  • By 20 December 2019

    Applicants notified of the outcome of their application.

    Either: invited to interview, or unsuccessful

  • 20 - 21 January 2020

    Interviews at the Crick

  • By 7 February 2020

    Interviewees informed of final outcome

  • Spring/summer 2020

    University admission process undertaken

  • Mid-September 2020

    PhD start date


Applications should be submitted through our online student recruitment system when recruitment opens in early October 2019, and must be submitted by the application deadline. We will not accept applications submitted before recruitment opens or after the application deadline. We do not accept applications by email.

You will need to provide information about your educational background, research experience and a CV as part of the application form. You will also need to provide a supporting statement and nominate two – three academic referees.

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