University of Cambridge Centre for Trophoblast Research PhD Studentship

Centre for Trophoblast Research fully funded 4-year PhD studentship (home or international rates)

The Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR) provides a dynamic environment for PhD training in placental biology and reproductive science. Founded in 2007, the Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR) brings together 30 Principal Investigators with a shared interest in the scientific study of the placenta, early development and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy.

Our PIs are recognized international experts in their fields based across Cambridge in the Departments of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Genetics, and allied institutes, including the Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease, the LMB, Babraham, and Wellcome Sanger Institute. A CTR Studentship is held within the relevant Department or Institute, where an internal Departmental Postgraduate Educational Committee is responsible for administering your degree.

Our PhD students have access to unique training opportunities to prepare them for successful careers in research. Students present their research by giving seminars at our annual CTR Away Days and Annual Meetings and attend a variety of seminars given by distinguished scientists with the CTR and affiliated Department or Institute. There are also opportunities to participate and present in interdisciplinary seminars hosted by Cambridge Reproduction Strategic Research Initiative of which the CTR is a founding member. Students will gain training in our Placental Biology Course and receive support from the CTR to attend international meetings. CTR PhD students will also become members of the Postgraduate School of the Life Sciences, which organises and promotes many further training opportunities.

We are pleased to consider applications for fully funded, full-time study over four years or part-time over five years. Studentships are open for applications in October of the year prior to the start of your studies. Candidates are expected to begin studies in October (Michaelmas term).

Application procedure Please investigate research projects on offer for the 2023/2024 application cycle and contact potential supervisors in advance of applying. Once you have identified a potential supervisor(s) and project(s), please make a formal application following the instructions and requirements detailed on our website.

The application deadline is 16th November 2023. We will hold an initial round of Zoom interviews with potential PhD supervisors in mid/late November (2022). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a second round of interviews in early January (2023).



CTR PhD Studentships will cover all University and College fees for home and international students, along with a stipend rate as follows:

· Year 1: £19,919

· Year 2: £21,542

· Year 3: £23,298

· Year 4: £23,298


Awarded studentships also include a justified research consumables/equipment of £15,000 and up to £750 funds for conference travel.


Key experience and competencies

We welcome applications from highly qualified students of all nationalities. Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.


We are looking for strong candidates that will contribute to the science in the CTR and have potential as researchers. During the admissions process, we will consider the academic record and the comments from referees as well as the research experience and achievements of the applicants. We are mindful that the extent of research opportunity and publications can vary substantially depending on background and undergraduate training, for example some countries have longer undergraduate courses, different master requirements, offer short courses and practical research, etc, and all these are put into context when evaluating potential.

Please refer to the University Entry requirements for further detail.


If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please refer to our website or email

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