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Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases

Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases

Fully funded Wellcome Trust and MRC studentships available for entry in October 2019.

This 4-year PhD training programme provides unique inter-disciplinary training in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, genetics and evolution, and computational methods.

Based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology within the Faculty of Medicine's School of Public Health, the programme provides an opportunity to learn, in a supportive and stimulating environment, from leaders in the field who are actively engaged in research and advise leading public health professionals, policy-makers, governments, international organisations and pharmaceutical companies, both nationally and internationally, on a range of diseases include pandemic influenza, HIV, TB, malaria, polio and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Programme Outline

The programme begins with a 1-year specialist MRes course, during which students undertake core training one day each week, including technical training and generic skills training. Alongside the taught courses, students undertake two 5-month attachments in departmental research groups at the end of the 1st year students develop their PhD proposal undertaken in years 2-4.

Eligibility

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject which includes all of those from the quantitative and life sciences – including biology, zoology, genetics, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, economics, mathematics, physics, statistics.

Funding

Four Wellcome Trust studentships providing a tax-free stipend to cover living expenses. The 2019 stipends will be not less than £22,278 in year 1, rising to £26,839 in year 4.

A number of studentships funded by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (MRC GIDA) providing a tax free stipend at the research council rates, currently £16,777 in the first year rising to £18,000 for the next 3 years.

Up to two additional studentships funded by Imperial College providing a tax free stipend at the research council rates, currently £16,777 in the first year rising to £18,000 for the next 3 years.

Tuition fees at the rate applicable to Home (EU) students are provided by the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College and MRC funding. Suitably qualified non-EU students are welcome to apply and we particularly welcome applications from low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Non-EU students will be liable for paying the difference between the home and overseas fee rates. A scholarship is available for up to 1 LMIC student to cover the difference between the home and overseas rates

Application procedure

Applications should consist of 2 parts, combined single PDF document:

  • A CV with the names, mailing addresses and email addresses of at least two academic referees
  • A one page statement indicating why you want to join this PhD programme.

Applications should be submitted via our application form.

For full details of the application procedure please visit the programme website.

Deadlines

Closing date for applications: Friday 4 January 2019

Interview dates: 21 & 22 January 2019

Further Information

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Azra Ghani, Programme Director: [email protected]


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