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Applications must be made via the Applicant Portal   

Annual Recruitment Timeline 

Mid-October Application Opens*
Early January Application Closes
Late January Interviews Held
Mid February Offers Sent Out
March - July University Admission process
Following October Term Starts

  * Students from the U.S. wanting to apply for Gates funding, have an earlier funding application deadline


How To Apply

All applications must be made via the Application Portal. Application Deadline for October 2024 entry is Wednesday 3rd January 2024.
  • Applicants for this Programme do not need to complete the 'proposed supervisor' or 'proposed research project title' sections - these are for Programmes which do not have the rotation (MRes) component. You will be required to provide a Statement of Interest.
  • References: It is your responsibility to ensure that your references are provided by the application deadline. We suggest that you notify your referees of this requirement, as soon as possible, before you submit your application. 
  • International applicants must tick the box in the application form to "apply for additional funding", to ensure you are considered for one of the Cambridge Trust Scholarships to top up your Overseas fee rate. More information.


 We welcome applications from students who:

  • Hold (or expect to be awarded) a relevant degree at the highest level.
  • Have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree (If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find your country's equivalent).
  • Have a passion for scientific research.

The University of Cambridge sets minimum academic requirements for successful students - please see full details at

NOTE: In support of our widening participation, equality and diversity goals, we are keen to take the full context of your education into account when assessing your application and allocating our limited number of departmental scholarships. Examples of applicant circumstances that might fit with this goal can be found in the following document:

  If these or any other specific circumstances apply to you and you would like to tell us more about them and their impact on your studies, and how you have sought to overcome any challenges they have presented to you as a student, please do so in your application.


Wellcome Studentship 

Wellcome provide 4 years of funding for:

  • University & College Fees at the Home* rate
  • A generous stipend
  • Funding for research consumables
  • Funding for skills training
  • A contribution towards travel/conference attendance.

International Students

We welcome applications from both UK and International candidates.

*At the University there are two tiers of fees in place:

  • 'Home' rate
  • 'Overseas' rate

Please check your fees status here.

International students should tick the box in the online postgraduate application form (by the funding deadline), to apply for a Cambridge Trust Scholarship to cover the difference between the 'Home' and 'Overseas' rate. 

If you intend to apply for a funding award to cover your oversees fee, please check the application deadline for each scheme - some of them have deadlines that fall earlier than the studentship application deadline. 

Please note that these funding awards are very competitive, with many more applicants than awards available. You should not therefore rely upon success in these competitions and should investigate other sources of funding (outside of Cambridge) too. The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is not involved in any way in the decision process for any of these funding awards.


Language Requirement

Proof of a language test is not a requirement at application-stage. International students may be required to complete a language test before being made a formal offer though - details can be found at


For queries about stem cell studentships, please email our Postgraduate Administrator:

For general admission queries, please contact the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions team here