Group of students, Wellcome Trust PhD Programme, University of Glasgow




Applications for the 2023 cohort of this programme are closed. We will open recruitment again in October 2023.


The programme has an intake of six or seven fully-funded studentships per year.

  • Three studentships are available for UK-based students,
  • Two studentships are available for UK based students or students from any other country;
  • Two studentships are available specifically for applicants from the programme’s partner countries: Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. 

To be considered for a position linked to a partner country, applicants must be a citizen of Kenya, Malawi or Uganda, and must have been normally resident in one of the partner countries for the majority of the preceding three years. Applicants who apply to the two positions linked to partner countries will also be considered for the other five positions.


The studentship provides funding for tuition fees, a stipend and laboratory expenses for both Home/International applicants.

Annual stipend (2022/23 rate): £19,919

(Awaiting UKRI confirmation guidance)


Eligibility & Application

Qualifications criteria

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a degree in a relevant subject. Students must be able to demonstrate a capability to undertake and benefit from research training through to completion. This normally requires an upper second class honours, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level. However, we will use our discretion in deciding whether candidates are suitable for research training. 

WT IIB PhD Programme

Note: Clinically qualified applicants (i.e. medics, dentists, vets and other health professionals) who are seeking to balance academic and clinical careers will not be considered for this programme. To view alternative opportunities, please follow this link:




Application Process

When applications are open, we ask that you complete online application and upload all requested supporting documentation. 

2022 Recruitment Information Form

We require that all candidates complete and submit a Recruitment Information Form. This form will be used by the recruitment panel to shortlist applicants – PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS FORM WILL BE USED TO SHORTLIST CANDIDATES FOR INTERVIEW. This form should be completed and uploaded with other supporting documents. 

In order to reduce the impact of unconscious bias on recruitment, we ask that in this form you only provide the information requested. Information that is not relevant at this stage of assessment, including your name, gender, ethnicity and nationality, and the names of the Institutions where you trained, should not be included in this form. You will be asked to provide this information when you upload your application – please note that it will be held separately and will be used only for administrative purposes.

Additionally, please ensure the following supporting documents are uploaded at the point of application.

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2022)
  • Academic transcript
  • Passport (a scan of the photo page)
  • Details of referee 1 (should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme)
  • Details of referee 2 (should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability)
    Names of your academic referees should be indicated on the application form. You must ensure that your referees submit their references to Your referees should state your name and the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme on the reference letter as well as:
    • how they know you,
    • how long they have known you, 
    • what characteristics do you have that they think would make you a good PhD student, and
    • are you in top 5/10% of programme.

References should be signed and on headed paper. References must be received by 6 January 2023.  

English language proficiency
All non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English Language before they are able to matriculate at the University of Glasgow: (details in the section: College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences). Note: it is only necessary to provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are offered a place on the Programme, in order to meet University of Glasgow matriculation requirements. Evidence of English language proficiency is not required at the point of application.

Please note the University application system requests that you upload a Cover letter. This will not be assessed therefore you can upload your Recruitment Information Form to this portal. 


Apply Here

Once you have all your supporting documentation outlined above, and meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply through our Online Application System.


Note: you are not required to upload a research proposal for this programme, despite the online application requesting you to upload a copy as a supporting document. Within the section that requests supervisor and project information, please leave blank.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please direct them to: