LMCB - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology



Applications for studentships open on Monday, October 15th. To apply, please click here. The closing date for applications will be Friday 4 January 2019, and candidates will be invited for interview on Friday 1 February 2019. For further information, contact Lucy Newman, Studentship & Administration Manager.

Selection, offers and acceptance

If you are selected for interview, you will be invited to come to London to visit the LMCB. Reasonable travelling expenses will be paid. There will be a 30-minute interview followed by a tour of LMCB and a discussion with current PhD students. If we make you an offer, we will would like you to decide whether you wish to accept within a reasonable period of time. If you accept our offer, you will be making a binding commitment to our Programme, and we will ask you to withdraw your applications for other PhD places.


Students from both the UK and the EU are eligible for this programme.  We will consider any UK graduate with a minimum 2:1 BSc degree in Biosciences. We will also consider degrees with interdisciplinary backgrounds where graduates can demonstrate an interest in cell biology. Degree qualifications of equivalent standard (i.e. would qualify for starting a PhD thesis in your home country) obtained in other EU countries are recognised. There is a three year UK/EU residency requirement to be eligible for the full MRC studentship award.

Stipend and fees

Students who fulfill the 3 year UK /EU residency requirement will receive a non-taxable stipend from the MRC, currently £17,000 in the first year and £18,000 for the remaining three years. Students also receive a yearly travel fund for attending conferences.