How to apply

Current opportunities

We welcome enquiries throughout the year for PhD studentships to start in October 2021. You are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors to discuss your application, and are welcome to contact us for guidance on identifying supervisors (contact details below). We appreciate and value difference, seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people that will contribute to the overall success of Bristol and help maintain our position as one of the world’s leading universities.

How to apply

Our aim is to attract outstanding and highly motivated science graduates, who are excited by the revolution in molecular and genetic epidemiology. You will have a good honours (minimum requirement is a 2.1) or Masters degrees in relevant disciplines, and wish to pursue a career in molecular, genetic or lifecourse epidemiology.

Before you apply

We require:

  • A completed University of Bristol application form.
  • A full curriculum vitae.
  • A covering letter stating clearly that you are applying for the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology. The letter should include a personal statement (max 250 words) regarding your career aspirations.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • A copy of your degree certificates and transcripts.
  • Please note: If short-listed a 2 page research proposal will also be required.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nicholas Timpson, Professor Caroline Relton or Professor Tom Gaunt.


For further details about the Wellcome Trust studentships, potential topics and supervisors contact:

Sharen Hockey-O'Keefe
Bristol Medical School
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol BS8 2PS
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 7274

International students

The Wellcome Trust provides full funding for the tuition fee for UK/EU students. In addition the University of Bristol allows two international student per year to join this programme at no additional cost. Other international students would need to first apply for alternative sources of funding to cover the overseas fees for 3 years and be able to self-fund for one year.

Self-funded students

If you have already secured funding through a government scheme, employer or similar you can follow this 4 year model providing you are well qualified. Please get in touch to discuss this further. 

Wellcome stipend scales

Stipend scales have been frozen at the 2013 amounts. These are reviewed annually.

  • Supported by Wellcome Trust

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