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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.


What we offer 

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:

We offer successful applicants to the Crick PhD programme a Crick PhD studentship. The studentship includes:

  • A place on the four-year Crick PhD programme
  • £22,000 tax-free student stipend (living allowance) per year for four years
  • Four years of 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. 

Recruitment process

Recruitment timeline

PhD student recruitment timeline


Before beginning an application, you should read the information on this page and the candidate instructions in full. You should also find out about the group leaders recruiting PhD students to start in September 2019 and view their recorded talks. 

You must complete all required sections of the application form in full.

Applications must be submitted through our student recruitment system. 

Key dates

  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12:00 midday (GMT) on Tuesday 13 November 2018.
  • We will not accept late applications.
  • We should receive your references by Tuesday 20 November 2018. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.
  • We will notify you of the outcome of your application by Friday 21 December 2018


Interviews will take place at the Crick on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Candidates should be available all day on both days. We will pay for hotel accommodation (if needed) and reasonable travel expenses, including for international candidates. If you will be travelling from outside the European Economic Area, we will book air travel to keep the candidate costs down.

On day one of the interviews 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 and lab members. Following day one, candidates may be invited to visit individual labs on day two 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 two. Candidates will be informed by email on the evening of day one if they have been invited to lab visits on day two.

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 08 February 2019.

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