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How To Apply

Places on our PhD Programme starting in October 2018 have now been filled.

Application for October 2019 entry will open this October.


Annual Recruitment Timeline 

Mid-October Application Opens*
Early January Application Closes
Late January       Interviews Held
By Mid-February Offers Sent Out
March - July University Admission process
1st October Term Starts

 * Students from the U.S. wanting to apply for Gates funding, have earlier application deadlines, to meet the Gates funding (U.S. applicants), deadline.


Applications will be accepted (from Oct-Jan), via the Applicant Portal



Important Notes:

  • Your application is only complete when you have:
      1. Submitted your application
      2. Paid the application fee *
      3. Provided the required supporting documents (CV/Resumé, Degree Transcripts)
      4. Your two academic references have been received

* This course is part of a scheme which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £50 application fee. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found here

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your references are provided within the time-frame. We suggest that you notify your referees that they will be asked to provide a reference for you, as soon as possible. Click here for further details about your academic references.
  • Applicants wanting to apply for the any of the Cambridge Scholarships to cover their 'Overseas Fees', will need to check the relevant boxes within the Applicant Portal application.
  • Applicants for this Programme do not need to complete the section asking for your 'proposed supervisor' or 'proposed research project title'. These are for Programme's which do not have rotations in year one.


Applying for additional funding

If you are an International applicant and wish to apply for any of the Cambridge funding scholarships to cover your 'Overseas Fees', this is done as part of the above application (you need to tick the box that says to apply for additional funding).



Interviews will be held in Cambridge in late January.


For queries about stem cell studentships, please email our Graduate Administrator, Mrs Jo Jack:   / Tel: +44 (0)1223 760288

For general University of Cambridge application queries, please contact the Graduate Admissions team: