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Wellcome Trust funded 4 year PhD in Integrative Neuroscience (Charity / Trust)

Reference Number: R1134
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 4 years
Funding Amount: full UK/EU tuition fees, plus Stipend of £20,516 p.a., travel allowance of £1,500 and £40,000 research costs.
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Project information:

The 4-year PhD Programme in Integrative Neuroscience provides a broader and more in-depth practical and theoretical grounding in neuroscience than conventional 3-year programmes. Early in Year 1 you will receive formal lectures in research design, statistics, lab safety, animal welfare and ethical standards, and attend a series of specialized lecture courses in behavioural, cellular, molecular, genetic and system neuroscience. In the second part of Year 1, you will experience three 8-week laboratory rotations in internationally renowned labs of your choice.

During the lab rotations, you will carry out research, gain knowledge of the questions addressed by the lab, and acquire direct experience of the relevant techniques. Lab rotations help you to reach an informed choice of the neuroscience area and supervisor you will choose for your full PhD project during Years 2 to 4. Throughout all the years you and your colleagues will participate in weekly seminars and presentations at journal clubs.  The programme is designed to ensure an excellent PhD experience and an outstanding future.

Number of Studentships Available: 5.

About the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute:

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, recently established in August 2010,offers an exceptional research environment with neuroscience researchers who are amongst the international leaders in their respective fields and world class facilities for all areas of neuroscience.

The breadth and depth of our expertise ranges from the phenotypic analysis of single gene mutations to the characterization of gene-environment interplay in psychiatric and neurological, and from imaging intracellular calcium in single dendritic spines to combined EEG and fMRI during attentional tasks in humans.  Research labs are equipped with the most up-to-date facilities to address key questions of basic and clinical Neuroscience.

Funding and Eligibility:

Residency: The studentship is open to UK and EU students, and will include UK/EU fees and a maintenance stipend at the Wellcome Trust rate, £20,516 annum (tax free), subject to review.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a First or Upper Class Second Class in a relevant area (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, anatomy, physiology, natural sciences).

How to Apply:

Applicants should complete and submit a standard application for postgraduate study (to include application, 500 word statement of why you want to study this 4-year PhD programme in Integrative Neuroscience, equality monitoring form and two references and CV).

Consideration is automatic on applying for Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD in Integrative Neuroscience, October 2014 start date.

A research proposal is not necessary, but candidates should detail in their personal statement why they would make a good candidate for this studentship and why studying a four year PhD (rather than a standard 3 year PhD) would be appropriate for the candidate.

Applicants should include a CV in addition to the Cardiff University application form

The relevant application documents can be downloaded and printed from the “How to Apply” section of our website, or alternatively, completed on line.

Applicants should state on the application form that they wish to be considered for this studentship, quoting the 4-year PhD Programme title.

Deadline for Applications: 06/01/2014

Number of Studentships Available: 5

Full details of the funded PhD can be found here.

For informal enquiries, please contact Catherine Hortop on the contact details below:

Alternatively, please refer to our website.


Name: Ms Julie Cleaver  

Telephone: +44 029 20 688 341 



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