Do I need to apply for alternative/additional funding?
No, all studentships are fully funded by Wellcome. There is no need to apply for additional funding (e.g., Gates or other scholarships), to be considered for this PhD programme.
What information should I put in my Statement of Interest?
Please provide a one-page statement on your research interests and experience, career goals and how these fit with your preliminary project aspirations. Please state whether or not you would consider a fellowship based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute or the University of East Anglia.
Can I apply for an MPhil prior to starting my PhD?
The Wellcome will consider providing additional funding for a 1-year MPhil for Fellows who are interested in computational biology, epidemiology or public health in order to obtain the appropriate skills before starting their PhD, if this was appropriate to the research proposed.
Do I need to have a confirmed supervisor and/or project before applying?
No. This Programme does encourage applications from individuals who do not have a specific research project and enables them to experience different laboratories before making a choice of research project and supervisor; therefore, there is no requirement to have a pre-determined project proposal or supervisor in mind prior to application. However, individuals with a predetermined project and supervisor in mind are also welcome to apply. In either case, candidates will be asked to describe their research plan or research aspirations in detail at interview; and this will form part of the selection process.
Is it possible to continue some clinical work during my PhD?
Successful individuals are able to continue limited clinical work, usually maximum of one outpatient clinic per week.
Are dentists eligible to apply for this Programme?
No, only individuals qualified in clinical or veterinary medicine, i.e., doctors or vets, are eligible to apply.
Is the scheme open to clinicians who have completed clinical training and are of Consultant status?
No, clinicians who have obtained their CCT or who are of Consultant or Faculty status are not eligible to apply.
What if I have further questions?
Contact Teresa Wallman with questions about the PhD Programme itself, and the Board of Graduate Studies (email@example.com) for information about the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal.
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