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Astra Zeneca Studentships

AstraZeneca/Pharmacology 4 year PhD studentship applications now open : tbc


Applications are invited for 4-year PhD studentships funded by AstraZeneca. The students will be working on collaborative projects co-led by departmental supervisors and Astra Zeneca scientists.  Apart from carrying out their research, in their first year, the students will have compulsory training in:

1)      Statistics

2)      Analysis of Biological Data and

3)      Systems Training in Maths, Informatics, Statistics and Computational Biology in conjunction with students on the BBSRC DTP (see above).


We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals, capable of thinking and working independently. Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Pharmacology or a related subject (Neuroscience and Physiology). Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate high academic achievements. These positions are open to UK/EU candidates only.

The students will join a vibrant research community of PhD students and scientists working on various research themes such as:

  • Cell Signalling
  • Cancer and Infectious Diseases
  • Macromolecular Structure
  • Neuropharmacology and
  • Vascular Pharmacology.


Full funding covering the University Composition Fee and Maintenance (currently £tbc pa), is provided for up to 4 years, with effect from 1 October 2020.

Project available


Supervisors: tbc


Project description


How to apply

Please apply via the APPLICANT PORTAL using the course code for the PhD (Probationary) in Pharmacology (BLPH22) and indicate on the application form your interest in the Astra Zeneca research project.  Further information on the Astra Zeneca projects available for 2020 entry will be posted here and on:

in early October 2019.

For further information about the programme and to access the Applicant Portal. Please note that the course code for PhD applications to Pharmacology is tbc. Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for AZ funding. Your online application will need to include:

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
    If required - you can 
    check using our tool
  • §  Statement of interest (1500 characters)
  • Application cost £60 (you have 3 applications)

Informal inquires about individual projects should be directed to the supervisor listed above.

Applications need to be submitted up tbc. Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Interviews will take place between tbc.

Please quote reference BLPH22 on your application and in any correspondence about these positions.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.



BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP):

The University of Cambridge is offers four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2020. A wide range of projects are available across many world-class departments (including the Department of Pharmacology) and research institutes under the four broad themes of:

The first six months is spent completing training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills (New Ways of Working) and undertaking two 10-week rotation projects, either at the University or at one of the partner organisations, before progression to a PhD project. An exciting element of the programme is a three-month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment, including industry, the media, charities, education and government.

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information can be found at

We encourage students who are interested in a research area that is eligible for BBSRC funding to apply for the DTP programme.  

Students can apply to the DTP and also the Department for a PhD, however two separate applications will need to be made under one application fee.

The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD course code is tbc

The course code for the PhD (Probationary) in Pharmacology is tbc

All EU candidates seeking funding should use the APPLICANT PORTAL.  To apply to the Gates Cambridge Trust ( deadline 3rd January 2020)

and other centrally-available funds (including the Cambridge Trust if you are seeking support from any Cambridge source.



Dr David James Studentship

The Department will not be offering a David James Studentship in 2020. 

davidjamesBWDr David James. During his life, Dr 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 Crohn's disease.

The studentship will cover a stipend equivalent to the standard Research Council rate (£14,777 per annum for 2018/19), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for three years and is available for the successful UK or EU student - but please see information here regarding EU fee status for entry 2019 and onwards: