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Four-year studentships at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in London


 Why Study at Sainsbury Wellcome Center?

We will provide intensive training in experimental techniques, including imaging, physiology, molecular, and behavioural methods in systems neuroscience. First-year students will build their own two-photon microscope, implement a 1,000 channel in vivo recording system, design viral tools for circuit tracing, and develop a closed-loop behaviour assay.

We will provide (together with our Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit colleagues) a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and systems neuroscience. Gatsby and SWC students will overlap extensively during their first year with the opportunity to maintain these contacts throughout their PhD.

You will live and work in central London, with the highest concentration of neuroscience research in the world. The SWC PhD is your opportunity to receive world-class training as a neuroscientist and launch a career in academia or industry.

SWC students are fully funded and will receive an annual stipend from £22,278, equivalent to the Wellcome PhD programme.

SWC also covers the cost of tuition fees for home/EU students and international students.

The Programme

The SWC PhD is a four-year programme. The first year includes a semester of coursework and three laboratory rotations. A PhD project and advisors are selected from SWC faculty and affiliates at the beginning of the second year. Please visit the PhD section of our website for more information.

About You

We are looking for candidates with a keen interest in Neuroscience coupled with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, Life Sciences, Physics, Maths or Computer Science at a minimum of upper second-class UK Bachelor’s level or overseas equivalent.


We accept applications for the September 2022 intake between Monday 20 September and Monday 15 November 2021. For more details on how to apply, please visit our website.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the SWC PhD programme, or the application process, please contact us at

We look forward to your application!

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £22,278
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th September 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
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