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

How to apply


How To Apply




The programme has an intake of seven fully-funded studentships per year. Five studentships are available for applicants from any country (UK, EU and the rest of the world), and two studentships are specifically for applicants from the programme’s partner countries: Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.


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

Annual stipend (2021/22 rate): £19,919


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:

Qualifications criteria
Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a degree in a relevant subject.

Supporting documents

Recruitment Information Form

We require that all candidates complete and submit a Recruitment Information Form (to be downloaded below). 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.

UofG WT Integrated Infection Biology PhD Programme Recruitment Information Form

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 2021)
  • 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 5 January 2021.  

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.

Application closing date is 5 January 2021 with interviews scheduled to take place 15 - 17 February 2021.


Application Process

Seven studentships are available, five of which are open to students from anywhere in the world, and two of which are 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 an African country 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.

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