How to apply: 2024 PhD programme

Applications are open!

Applications for the 2024 PhD Programme are now open. The deadline is 12:00 noon (GMT), Thursday 9 November 2023.

PhD students in the Crick's atrium.


We receive approximately 1500 applications each year for the Crick PhD programme. Given this, please pay close attention to the eligibility criteria and read the following candidate instructions carefully, and in full, before starting your application. Before submitting your application, please ensure all of the required information is included as per the instructions provided. You should also check the Crick's privacy policy. 

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Application form

Complete the application form

The application form has nine sections: personal details, project choice, statement, experience, education, other details, references, equal opportunities, declaration, and a link to the candidate instructions.

You can move from section to section by clicking on the left-hand links. You can save your progress so you can return to and complete the form at a later date. However, if you move to a new section of the form without completing all required fields and hitting the 'save' button, changes will be lost.

The deadline for applications to the 2023 Crick PhD programme is 12:00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 09 November 2023, when the online application site will close. However, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible, to allow sufficient time for your referees to supply their references.  

Please note that the deadline for references is 12:00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 16 November 2023.

Guidance on each section

Contacting us

If you have any questions about completing the application form, which you cannot find an answer to on our PhD programme webpages you can email us via We aim to respond within two working days.