The maintenance stipend in the first year will be £23,303 (to increase by 4% annually). In addition to this, there is an annual payment of £5,500 for department laboratory fees, and £700 for books, conferences and travel. Tuition fees are also paid by the Foundation.
It would be expected that the studentship holder spend six months during their 3rd or 4th year at another university/institute to gain additional experience. The student can claim up to an additional £3,000 to assist in covering the extra expenses. The final award of the grant is conditional on the student obtaining a first or upper second class degree before the start of the Sainsbury PhD Studentship.
Candidates should apply to the supervisor of the project they are interested in, by the deadline stated for that project. Each project supervisor will then select one candidate to write a four-page project proposal (written after consultation with the supervisor), which is to be submitted, along with CV and references, by 17th January 2024.
Interviews will take place in London on either Thursday 25th or Friday 26th January 2024. The Gatsby Plant Science Advisors will award up to three Sainsbury PhD Studentships, after interviewing up to ten candidates.