Show/hide main menu

Wellcome Trust PhD

Wellcome Trust 4-Year PhD Programme - Funding, Eligibility and How to Apply


Six students will be selected each year to commence the programme in September 2020 - 25.  Five of the studentships are funded by the Wellcome Trust and one by King’s.  All students will have their university fees paid in full – regardless of their country of origin or prior study.  In addition to having all fees paid, each student will receive a generous stipend (details found in the 'What we offer' section).


Eligibility - Nationality

These studentships are OPEN to candidates of ANY NATIONALITY.  


Eligibility - Prior Education

Candidates must have a UK upper second or first class undergraduate degree (predicted/previously obtained) or an international equivalent.  

Medically qualified applicants (including dentistry and veterinary) are  NOT eligible for the programme and are encouraged to instead seek opportunities through a Wellcome Trust PhD Training Fellowship for Clinicians.

Candidates who already hold a masters degree are not exempt from the first year of the programme. 

Eligibility - English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements

EU and International students may be required to pass an English language proficiency test to Band D standard as described on the King’s English language entry requirements webpage.

Please note that we only evaluate and advise on the English language entry requirements for candidates who are short-listed.  Conditional offers to the programme can be made contingent on successful candidates obtaining the appropriate certification during the spring prior to admission.



We are now closed to applications for Cohort 2020.  When we re-open to applications for Cohort 2021 in Oct 2020 an advertisement will be placed in


Key dates:

10 December 2019: Application DEADLINE at 23:59.

17 December 2019: We must be in receipt of all letters of recommendation.

13 - 23 January 2020: Interviews arranged.

30 and 31 January 2020: Interview days.


Further Information:

26 January 2020: If you have not been contacted by 26 January 2020, then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful. We will update your status on the admissions portal as soon as possible, however there may be a delay (of up to six weeks) in this process due to the large amounts of administrative work to be completed during this time.

APPLICATION FEEDBACK: Due to the number of applicantions this programme receives, it is unfortunately not possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants. 



Fay WT logo box
Fay_ideal applicant


Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454