PhD student recruitment

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

Applications are now closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 PhD programme. If you submitted an application before the deadline, follow the applicant information link for information about the recruitment process.

Applicant information
PhD students in the Crick's atrium.


An international 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.

What we offer 

We offer successful applicants a place on the Crick PhD programme, and a PhD studentship that covers:

  • £22,000 tax-free student stipend (living allowance) per year for four years
  • Tuition fees
  • If applicable, reimbursement of the student visa application fee and immigration health surcharge

Any questions?

Get in touch with us by sending a message to

Send us an email

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, or a master's degree in a relevant subject.

English skills

Applicants do not need to submit information relating to English language skills during the application process. If you are offered a Crick PhD studentship we will provide you with information on our English language requirements.


Application timeline

  • Tuesday 29 March 2022

    Application deadline (12 noon UK time)

  • Tuesday 5 April 2022

    Reference deadline

  • By Tuesday 3 May 2022

    Applicants informed of application outcome, either invited to interview or unsuccessful

  • Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 May 2022


Key information

  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (UK time), Tuesday 29 March 2022.
  • We will not accept late applications. 
  • We should receive your references by Tuesday 5 April 2022. 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 Tuesday 3 May 2022. 

After the reference deadline, your application will be available to the following people:

  • members of the Crick’s Academic Training team (junior researchers) for the purposes of checking eligibility;
  • all of the recruiting Crick group leaders (and, where relevant, co-supervisors from our university partners) and also, potentially, relevant members of their groups for the purposes of shortlisting.

After the interview

Sign up for our newsletters

Join our mailing lists to receive updates about our latest research and to hear about our free public events and exhibitions.  If you would like to find out more about how we manage your personal information please see our privacy policy.