You have to apply to the programme rather than to specific Faculty members.
If you have any questions about the application process, please look at the FAQs below. If you need further assistance, contact the Graduate Programme Office. Please note that the Graduate Programme Office is unable to comment on whether you are a suitable candidate for our 4-year PhD programme.
Candidates are expected to hold, or be about to achieve, a 1st or 2:1 class degree or an equivalent overseas qualification.
If overseas (non-UK, non-EU) applicants, who have not studied in an EU country, have GRE scores, they should include them in their application, as the results from this standardised test enable us to more easily compare applicants from different countries.
Competence in English
If your first language is not English you will need to meet the University of Cambridge's English language requirements, although you do not have to fulfil this requirement before submitting your online application to the Wellcome Sanger Institute. However, if you are offered a place on our programme, you will need to fulfil this requirement before you can be admitted to the University of Cambridge.
You need to complete the Wellcome Sanger Institute on-line application form.
Closing date for applications for the 2020 intake: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 (09:00 GMT)
When completing the on-line application form you will need to:
- Provide details of your academic qualifications
- Outline any relevant work experience (max 200 words)
- Choose 3 Faculty members whose research area interests you (see our Faculty and Group pages 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 graduate 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) (and GRE scores if available) as a PDF file
You should request and receive your transcript(s) from your institution (in a form that can be embedded in a document) before you begin your application so that you have them ready to upload. If you are currently studying you should upload a transcript with the marks you have obtained so far.
Once you have completed the first page of the application form, a URL with a unique identifier will be generated, which you should bookmark. If you want to continue the application process at a later time you can use this URL to return to your incomplete form.
Once you have submitted your completed application form:
- You will receive a confirmation email
- Your chosen referees will receive an email asking them to submit an online reference for you
Please ensure that you have provided the correct institutional email address for your referees and that they have agreed to provide a reference for you. Once a referee has submitted their reference:
- Your referee will receive a confirmation email
- You will receive a confirmation email
It is your responsibility to ensure your referees have submitted their reference by Tuesday 10th December 2019 (09:00 GMT) at the latest.
The final deadline for the receipt of references is only one week after the application deadline. Therefore, please do not leave your application until the last minute as this does not leave much time for your referees to respond.
Please note that without references your application will not be processed.
If you are unable to upload your transcript(s), please contact the Graduate Programme Office and include your URL/unique identifier in the email.
Should you have any difficulties in submitting your online application, or you do not receive an email confirming that your submission has been successful, please contact the Graduate Programme Office and include your URL/unique identifier in the email.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend our PhD Open Day on Monday 27th January 2020 at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Hinxton, where they will have three interviews with individual Sanger Institute Faculty members and one panel interview with three Sanger Institute Faculty members. If overseas applicants are unable to attend the PhD Open Day, they can be interviewed via a series of Skype or telephone interviews (during the two weeks before the Open Day).
If you have not heard from us by Friday 10th January 2020 you should assume that you have not been shortlisted for interview.
The studentships will be allocated on a competitive basis after the PhD Open Day. All students who are offered a funded studentship on our 4-year PhD programme will obtain full financial support, including University tuition fees, regardless of nationality.
Sanger studentships are extremely competitive, and we encourage you to seek your own funding. Any students with their own funding should still apply to our 4-year PhD Programme via the online application form.
Once a student has been selected for the 4-year PhD programme they have to apply for admission to the University of Cambridge using the University's online Applicant Portal. A student cannot take up our award unless they are also successful in securing admission to the University.
Please note that if you wish to be considered for the University of Cambridge's funding competitions you will need to submit an application to the University via the Applicant Portal before the relevant deadline, in addition to making an application to our 4-Year PhD Programme.