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The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh PhD studentship October 2019

The Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London, invites applications for a PhD studentship fully funded by The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh, to commence in October 2019.  

The Randall Centre is a research centre in the School of Basic & Medical Biosciences, which sits in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.  King’s College London is one of the world’s top 35 universities (QS World Rankings 2019), and this studentship will offer the opportunity to be supervised by internationally renowned academics.


3 reasons to study with us:
Intellectual stimulation and interdisciplinary research: Research in the Randall Centre is at the interface of biomedical and physical sciences and is focused on using interdisciplinary approaches to discovering how cells work, and continues the legacy of pioneering research in biophysics including the X-ray crystallographic studies of DNA by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins.

Supporting environment:We provide a very supportive environment for our PhD students There are many opportunities for training in technical and transferable skills

You can find out more about the lives of our PhD students at: science

Career opportunities: Most of our PhD graduates continue careers in science as post-docs in academic and industrial laboratories or other science related careers e.g. grant administration, science journalism and intellectual property.


The studentship is fully funded by The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh. Students will be funded for four years full-time PhD study, receiving a tax-free stipend of £18,368 per year.  The student does not pay any tuition fee as these are paid by the studentship.


This studentship is ONLY available to students who are citizens of, and ordinarily resident in, countries in Africa and who are not already a graduate of King’s College London.  Candidates should have completed their first degree less than five years prior to the closing deadline for applications.  The studentship is not open to anyone who has already started a PhD in their host institution.  Candidates should not be eligible for UK Research Council studentships.  


Academic entry requirements
A suitable Bachelor's degree with a 1st class or 2:1 honours in science, medicine, or dentistry (or overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above.


English language requirements
You are required at the time of application to provide evidence that you meet the minimum English requirements of the Faculty [Band D] as prescribed by the university’s English Language requirements.  Please note being educated in English in an African country does not exempt the English Language requirements (see table in above link).


How to apply

Step 1: Choose your research project
Candidates are invited to choose the area of research they wish to study for a PhD. There are five research sections in the Randall Centre. Information about the research sections can be found on the Randall Centre webpage

Step 2: Contact group leaders
Contact group leaders whose research is of interest to you, and find out more about the PhD projects they have on offer.

Step 3: Submit an application
Once you have agreed a proposed project with your selected group leader, please apply through the Admissions portal quoting reference number 19/BMBS/S02:

  • On the ‘Choose a programme’ page:
    • Type ‘Basic and Medical Bioscience Research’
    • Select from the drop-down menu ‘Basic and Medical Biosciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)’
      NB: your application cannot be considered if submitted under the incorrect programme
  • Tick the 01 October start date

In your application you will be asked to include:

  • Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted with the online admissions application
  • Details of your qualifications (you will need to attach copies)
  • Details of previous employment (where applicable)
  • A personal statement describing your interests and why you wish to apply for this project. Please include this as an attachment rather than using the text box. Please include this as an attachment uploaded under 'other'.  
  • Academic References – all admissions applications require two supporting references. If the applicant is relying on his/her referees to submit references directly to the College after he/she has submitted his/her admissions application, then the applicant must ensure that their chosen referees are made aware of the funding deadline.
  • Research Proposal section – please indicate that you have identified a supervisor and include their name.  Add the agreed research proposal in the text box provided.

Funding section: Please tick box 5 and include the following reference: 19/BMBS/S02

Application deadline: Friday 28 June 2019

Step 4: Interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype in late June 2019.


Contact for further information
For further information about the application process please contact one of the Postgraduate Coordinators; Dr Baljinder Mankoo or Professor Jim McDonnell, or the Operations Officer Education Helen Rudkin.







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