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Wellcome Trust – Integrative Infection Biology – Four Year PhD Programme

Wellcome – Integrative Infection Biology – Four Year PhD Programme

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Application deadline: Tuesday 5 January 2022

About the programme

Infectious diseases shaped human evolution and pose formidable, complex challenges to global health. These can only be addressed by the imaginative and multidisciplinary approaches encapsulated through Integrated Infection Biology. The Wellcome - Integrative Infection Biology programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees. We commit to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

Our aim is to give all students an exceptional experience, driving them to build their careers with the ability, confidence and integrity to make transformative contributions to global health. Our principles are promoting inquisitive and rigorous science, imparting technological and analytical skills, and reinforcing personal wellbeing.

Our PhD programme sets out to equip the next generation of innovative world-class researchers with cutting-edge concepts and technologies, inspiring them to apply their skills to tackle the challenges of infectious diseases.

The integrative nature of the course will allow students to pursue PhD projects that build synergistic collaborations across the University of Glasgow and with our international partners in Africa and Europe. Students will take advantage of the University of Glasgow’s research strengths in Bacteriology; Immunobiology; Parasitology; and Virology to develop a project that applies cutting-edge scientific methods to the study of infectious disease.

Wellcome Trust – Integrative Infection Biology – Four Year PhD Programme

Programme structure

The programme will develop ‘Scientists without Boundaries’, instilling into each student the full range of scientific and generic skills required for success, to gain ambition and confidence as researchers, and to promote self-development as the pinnacle for lifelong careers. Our development programme is based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. The programme is structured with a 6-month introductory period, a 3.5-year PhD project, followed by a novel 'PhD Plus' phase, which offers support beyond the PhD degree award.

This structure aligns to the key phases of student growth: Foundation; Development; and Maturation before Graduation and career Launch.The introductory phase exposes students to a range of courses and rotation laboratory projects, prior to PhD project selection.


These studentships are fully funded for four years which funds stipend, UK tuition fees, and research costs.

The programme has an intake of seven fully-funded studentships per year. Five studentships are available with a limited number of places available for international students, and two additional studentships specifically for applicants from the programme’s partner countries: Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.

In addition, this programme offers the opportunity for students to apply for additional funding to embark on a PhD Plus Year. This feature is designed to empower graduating students to develop their next career step in science, for example in a new laboratory in any global setting, or by underpinning new experiences in social science, public engagement or industry.

How to apply

For application form and additional documentation required when applying, please visit the programme website:


Applications from members of groups that are under-represented in STEM are particularly encouraged. All applications will be anonymised up until the interview stage. Interviews will take place in February 2022.

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