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The Cambridge Institute for Neuroscience PhD studentships – applications now open - Deadline 28th January

The Cambridge Institute for Neuroscience PhD studentships – applications now open

3 Studentships starting October 2019


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The Institute for Neuroscience offers three fully funded places to motivated graduate students to undertake a PhD at the University of Cambridge. 

Neuroscience is a remarkably cross-disciplinary area of biomedical research that spans traditional departmental boundaries from physiology to genetics, molecular and cellular biology to mathematics, engineering and artificial intelligence.

The Cambridge Institute for Neuroscience offers a unique opportunity to talented, motivated students to work across disciplines on cutting edge challenges in diverse areas of neuroscience. The University of Cambridge and associated research institutes provide a multidisciplinary environment where researchers from different disciplines work side-by-side in diverse areas of neuroscience.

Studentships will cover a stipend at £14,777 per annum (as at 2018/19) for a period of 3 years, and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, available for UK and EEA students who meet UK residency requirements.

The programme is specifically designed to train students across disciplines in experimental neuroscience and engineering, applied mathematics and computation. These fields are rapidly converging, meaning that there is now tremendous demand for researchers with solid quantitative and engineering skills that can be applied to understanding nervous system function at all levels.

We invite applications from highly talented and proactive graduates with a strong quantitative background (coding, mathematics) who are keen to explore interdisciplinary avenues in cutting edge neuroscience research within any of our core research themes:

  1. Adaptive Brain Computations
  2. Lifelong Brain Development
  3. Non-neuronal Brain Function
  4. Social Behaviour and Communication
  5. Neural Circuits and Networks
  6. AI for Brain Science and Mental Health
  7. Neurotechnology

Applications are encouraged from a broad range of academic disciplines including Neuroscience, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Pharmacology and Psychology. Students will be assigned joint mentors in different Departments to ensure collaboration across disciplines.

We particularly encourage applications from minorities and underrepresented groups.


Why Cambridge?

The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in neuroscience and has a dynamic and interactive Cambridge Neuroscience research community that is ranked amongst the foremost in the world. By bringing together members of eight different Departments and the MRC-LMB research institute this PhD programme will enable you to take advantage of the University's exceptional strength in this area. Cambridge has a strong track record of research at the interface between the physical and biological sciences, and we encourage applications with a focus on interdisciplinary research.



  • Applicants should hold at least a 2:i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university.
  • Candidates will normally have relevant research experience gained through their Bachelor’s or Masters degree or through work experience.

For further details, please refer to the eligibility criteria for the University (

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.


How to apply

  • Students should apply to the host department of their prospective supervisor(see contacts below), via the University of Cambridge’s Applicant Portal.
  • Select the course code in the Course Directory based on the department of your prospective supervisor, e.g. if your supervisor is based in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, select: ‘PhD Physiology, Development and Neuroscience’.
  • Please indicate on your application, and when choosing a supervisor(s), that you would like to be considered for a doctoral studentship by the Institute for Neuroscience (IfN).
  • Candidates must also submit the Project & Supervisor Form (link to form).

This includes a more details on the project proposal, to be completed by the applicant in discussion with their prospective supervisor(s). Email the completed form with attachments, by 12 noon on Monday 28th January 2019, to:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview at Cambridge in February 2019.  

Any offer from The Institute for Neuroscience will be subject to successful admission to the University, including Departmental approval.

CLOSING DATE:  12 noon, Monday 28th January 2019



Further information

Contact us on:

Or get in touch with representatives of participating Departments and Institutes:

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics: Dr Stephen Eglen

Department of Engineering: Dr Timothy O’Leary

Department of Genetics: Dr Cahir O’Kane

Department of Pharmacology: Dr Ewan St. John Smith

Department of Psychology: Professor Zoe Kourtzi

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience: Professor Ole Paulsen

Department of Veterinary Medicine: Dr Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir

Department of Zoology: Dr Matthias Landgraf

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology: Dr Gregory Jefferis


Further details on the University of Cambridge postgraduate admissions can be found here:

Posted on 08/01/2019

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