Wellcome Sanger Institute International PhD Studentships in UK

All national and international applicants are eligible to apply for this studentship. Highly competitive students with an interest in Genomics will be considered. The studentship is a fully funded award covering all possible educational costs.

Wellcome Sanger Institute, affiliated with the University of Cambridge, is a non-profit British genomics and genetics research institute. It addresses scientific questions underpinning health issues of low and middle-income countries.

Why choose to study at the Wellcome Sanger Institute? The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world-leading genomics institute at the forefront of experimental and computational genome research. Sanger is leading global research initiatives with international partners by being at the center of a collaborative network of science.

Application Deadline: 2nd December 2021

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Wellcome Sanger Institute
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Full financial support
  • Number of Awards: 12
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: Domestic and International
  • The award can be taken in the UK.


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from the UK and other international countries are eligible.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Students can undertake any 4 year Ph.D. program at Sanger.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must be enrolled in a full-time 4 year Ph.D. program at Sanger.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Applications for Ph.D. students at Sanger are accepted via its online application page. Eligible students will automatically be considered.
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • Provide details of your academic qualifications
  • Outline any relevant work experience (max 200 words)
  • Choose 3 Faculty members whose research area interests you (see potential supervisors page for information on Faculty members and their research areas)
  • Outline your research interests and indicate how these fit with the research interests of the Sanger Institute (max 200 words)
  • Write a personal statement on your research experience, research interests, and career goals, explaining why you wish to pursue postgraduate training at the Sanger Institute (max 400 words)
  • Provide details of two academic referees (one of these can be the supervisor of an industrial or research placement)
  • Upload your University transcript(s) as a PDF file
  • Admission Requirements: Candidates are expected to hold, or be about to achieve, a 1st or a good 2:1 class degree or an equivalent overseas education.
  • Language Requirement: The students must submit scores of the following English language proficiency tests:
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL IBT – 100
  • CAE – Grade A or B plus a language center assessment.
  • CPE – Grade A, B, or C


Wellcome Sanger Institute will provide a fully-funded study of a 4 year PhD programme to the selected 12 candidates in the UK.

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