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The Department has limited access to funding and is able to award Research Studentships to Home students when the funding is available. Research Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis and are funded by the research councils, charities, and sometimes by industrial sponsors. We will update this page when funding information becomes available.



 Dr David James scholarships

davidjamesBWDuring his life, Dr David James was a well-respected Departmental Administrator. His legacy provides scholarships for the most gifted postgraduates to pursue focused and original research. The David James Studentship has provided full financial support for a number of PhD students within the Department since October 2011.

And through PhD studentships, the David James Fund is supporting the next generation of Cambridge pharmacologists, whose work will be crucial to developing better treatments for diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and Parkinson's.


University of Cambridge – Department of Pharmacology

Start Date: Oct 2014

Duration: 4 years

Application deadline: 15th June 2014

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD position, for Home (UK) students within the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge. The Department offers comprehensive facilities for research in a modern building located in the centre of Cambridge

The research areas of the Department include: molecular and cellular mechanisms of secretion and neurotransmitter release; receptor cycling; cell signalling; use of atomic force microscopy to investigate molecular structure; molecular mechanisms of sensation; protein engineering; mechanisms controlling appetite; proteomics, genomics and genetic technologies in cancer research; stem cell biology; multidrug transport; drug action on membrane permeability and regulation of ion channels; blood brain barrier; angiogenesis and natural products.

Applications are invited from those who wish to study for a PhD and who expect to graduate with a good honours degree in pharmacology (or a related subject such as biochemistry, physiology or cellular and molecular biology). The successful applicant will be part of the Cambridge University BBSRC DTP for the duration of their studies and will perform their PhD (years 2 -4) in the Pharmacology Department.

UK students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship (stipend currently £13,726 p.a). EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will also be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for BBSRC funding can be found at:


Apply to by email to Dr Lesley MacVinish (

The application should consist of your curriculum vitae and a letter of application, which should indicate the research project in which you are interested and should give the names and contact details of two academic referees.


The deadline for applications is 15th June 2014 and interviews will be held in late June 2014.