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4 Year MRC-Sackler PhD fellowships in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Please note applications are now closed for October 2023

Start date

1st October 2023


The Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders is offering 1+3 (MRes+PhD) full-time fellowships suitable for both basic and clinical students from a wide range of science backgrounds: including biological and physical sciences, medicine, mathematics and computer science.


PhD opportunities are offered across a wide range of subject areas. Clinicians are encouraged to apply. For more information about work carried out in the Centre visit The MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Please note that MRes rotation projects and final PhD projects are agreed after an offer has been accepted.


PhD supervisors will be chosen at the end of the MRes year.
PhD Coordinators are Dr Laura Andreae and Dr Anthony Vernon. 

Entry requirements

Candidates should have or expect an upper second class degree (2:1) in a STEM subject. If applicants possess a lower second class (2:2), a research-based MSc at merit or distinction level is required.

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence that you meet the minimum English requirements, Band D, as prescribed by the university’s English Language requirements.

At King’s, we are deeply committed to making the university an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study. We encourage and welcome applications from across the community and all appointments are made solely on merit.

Award types and eligibility

The fully funded studentships cover tuition fees, stipend and bench fees.

Tuition fees: Tuition fees will be covered by the programme.

Stipend: Students will receive an enhanced stipend for each year of study (approx. £24,000).

Bench fees: An allowance will be provided for research consumables, trainings and conference attendance.

Eligibility:The Admissions Portal will assign you a provisional fee status (Home, EU or Overseas) based on the information included in your application, but this will be reviewed by the Admissions team when they process your application. After Brexit, all students will be categorised by Admissions as either Home or Overseas. We have up to two studentships available for overseas applicants

Further information

Overview of the studentship programme can be found at The MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Information about Postgraduate study at King’s College London can be found on our website

How to apply

Please note applications have now closed for October 2023 entry

To apply, please visit the King's Apply website at and follow the steps outlined below. The closing date for completed applications is 23:59 (GMT), Monday 2nd  January 2023.


  • Register a new account and login
  • Open a new application
  • Select the programme:
    • Select ‘Taught programmes’
    • Enter ‘Neurodevelopmental Disorders’ then search
    • Select ‘Neurodevelopmental Disorders MRes / PhD 1+3 (Full-Time)
  • Complete and submit your application including the following:
    • Academic Transcripts – where applicable, academic transcripts must be submitted
    • Details of previous employment - where applicable
    • Curriculum Vitae 
    • personal statement, including why you wish to apply for this programme. Please include this as an attachment rather than using the text box (1 page max)
    • Academic References – Please submit details of two referees to support your application to the PhD programme.  The applicant must ensure that their chosen referees are made aware that the deadline for receipt of documents and references is 23:59 (GMT), Wednesday 4th January 2023. NB: References will not be requested by King’s until you have actually submitted your application, so you will need to submit your application well in advance of the deadline in order to ensure that references have been received by the stated deadline
    • If relevant, English language test results. These are not required at the point of applying if you have not yet taken a test, however if you are assessed as requiring this, any offer would be conditional on the provision of a test that meets the Band D requirement
    • In the Funding section, please tick box 5 and include the following reference: SB-IOP-MRCS-23
    • EU nationals with settlement status will need to follow the following steps:
      • Go to website
      • Obtain a ‘share code’ to prove your status 
      • Download PDF of the outcome 
      • Upload PDF to your application 
    • NB: There is no need to complete the Research Proposal section in your application

 Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

Closing date

Monday 2nd January 2023 (23:59 GMT). Applications have now closed.



  • Monday 23rd January 2023
  • Tuesday 24th January 2023
  • Wednesday 25th January 2023


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