Departmental Studentships 2024/25

The Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London has funding for five departmentally funded PhD studentships, to commence in October 2024. Imperial College London is thrilled to have been recently named University of the Year 2022. We are a place where talented people bring their best ideas and hard work to address the great challenges in the world. It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society and we are searching for the people to help us get there.

What next? Before you apply you should check that your research interests align with the research interests of the available supervisors. A list of available supervisors can be found here and research themes in the Department are here. Please direct informal enquiries and project specific requests for further information to the relevant supervisors.

Funding and Eligibility: The studentship will cover UK tuition fees and will provide an annual tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UKRI level, currently at £20,161 (rising annually by an amount linked to inflation), in 12 monthly instalments. Studentships will be funded for a maximum of 36 months, subject to satisfactory progress. A BSc in biological, or related, sciences is required at Upper Second Class level or better and candidates with a master's degree, in addition to the BSc, might be given preference. We strongly encourage applications from students from under-represented groups that align with the Department’s equality, diversity and inclusion priorities. These include home (British citizens or residents) students coming from non-Russell group universities and/or are from a minority ethnic group, such as those of Black, Asian or mixed heritage as well as those from white minority ethnic groups (e.g. Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller). Candidates must be UK nationals (EU candidates with settled status in the UK may be considered), International students are not eligible.

We are offering an online Q&A information session for those who may not have had any exposure to Imperial or who come from under-represented backgrounds, the session will provide advice and support for the application and interview process. The session will take place on 14 December 2023, 12:30 – 13:30. Register to attend this Q&A session here.

How to apply: Applicants must submit their cv, personal statement and the contact details of two referees to their preferred supervisor. You may only apply to one supervisor. Deadline for applications 12th January 2024. Supervisors will then select their top candidate to put forward to the Departmental selection panel. Departmental interviews are anticipated to take place the w/c 5th February 2024.

For queries about the application and interview process please contact Rozan Hamilton-Nixon at or James Ferguson at