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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.


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 the Crick's position on Brexit as well as updates from our university partners:

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 (Tier 4) standard visa application fee and immigration health surcharge

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. 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 2021.


Application timeline

  • Tuesday 23 March 2021

    Application deadline (12 noon UK time)

  • Tuesday 30 March 2021

    Reference deadline

  • By Wednesday 28 April 2021

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

  • Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 May


  • By Friday 4 June 2021

    Interviewees informed of outcome

Key information

  • Your application must have been submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (GMT), Tuesday 23 March 2021. 
  • We will not accept late applications. 
  • We should receive your references by Tuesday 30 March 2021. 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 Wednesday 28 April 2021. 

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

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