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 closed.

Applications to the 2024 PhD Programme - Spring Round will open in mid-February.

PhD students in the Crick's atrium.


What we offer 

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

  • £26,125 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

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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.

Please note that a small number of positions have additional eligibility criteria due to the funding that is supporting that position. If this is the case, details about the additional criteria are provided at the top of individual position page.

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

  • Thurs 09 November 2023

    Application deadline (12 noon GMT)

  • Thurs 16 November 2023

    Reference deadline (12 noon GMT)

  • By (end of the day) Thurs 21 December 2023

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

  • Weds 10 to Fri 12 Jan 2024

    Panel interview, by Zoom

  • Mon 15 to Tues 16 Jan 2024

    Open Afternoon & Lab visits, in person at the Crick

  • By (end of the day) Mon 05 Feb 2024

    Final outcome communicated

Key information

  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (GMT), Thursday 09 November 2023.
  • We will not accept late applications. 
  • We should receive your references by 12:00 noon (GMT), Thursday 16 November 2023.

After the reference deadline:

  • Your application will be reviewed first by members of the Crick’s Academic Training team (junior researchers), who will check that you meet the minimum eligibility criteria.
  • After this eligibility check, your application will be made available to all the recruiting Group Leaders (up to 6) that you selected on your application form.
  • In order to reduce the potential impact of unconscious bias, recruiting Group Leaders will not see your name when they first review your application.
  • Group Leaders will review and shortlist applications. Some Group Leaders may invite other members of their group to participate in this initial shortlisting.
  • Group Leaders will see the names of any candidates (as many as they wish) that they add to their shortlist.
  • Some Group Leaders may choose to contact some applicants for an informal discussion during this shortlisting period, and so please continue to monitor your email.
  • If you do not hear from a Group Leader that you selected on your application form this does not mean that you are not in active consideration; you may still be shortlisted for invitation to interview.
  • The Crick receives around 1500 applications for its PhD programme. Given the high volume of applications, it take us some time to review all applications thoroughly. We will notify you of the outcome of your application by the end of the day on Thursday 21 December 2023.


After the interview

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