The School of Biological Sciences, in partnership with Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, is delighted to open applications to the fifth cohort of students on this Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme.
The programme will start in October 2020 with deadline for application at 12PM on Tuesday 14 January 2020.
Students will be supported to combine research in a UK and developing country setting, or take interdisciplinary approaches that combine epidemiological, molecular and evolutionary mechanisms. Students will address global health challenges by understanding how infectious agents are spread, cause disease, interact with the immune and other body systems, or evolve to overcome our therapeutic interventions.
In the first year of the programme students will attend a series of taught sessions and carry out two 15-week research projects in the main themes of study:
At the end of the first year, reports from these research projects, plus a mock grant proposal based on their chosen PhD project, will be assessed for the MSc by Research degree awarded by the University of Edinburgh.
During the three main years of study, projects shared between Edinburgh-based supervisors and their international collaborators will provide the opportunity for some students to undertake research projects in a disease endemic setting. Projects that link disciplines (for example, evaluating molecular reagents in an epidemiological study), will also be strongly encouraged.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with at least a good 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Typically, candidates will already have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some hands-on research experience.
The programme will have an intake of six places per year, and is open to all students regardless of country of citizenship. All students will have their fees paid in full, and will receive a generous starting stipend of £19,919 per annum - plus travel and research funds.
Please note that this is a basic science programme and candidates who are carrying out clinical or veterinary training are not eligible to apply.
Successful candidates selected for interview who are based in the UK or Europe will be expected to travel to Edinburgh at the start of March 2020. Candidates based further away may be interviewed by Skype. All candidates that are short-listed must be interviewed.