University of Cambridge Raymond & Beverly Sackler Scholarships for PhD Candidates, 2018 – UK

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The University supports an initiative to promote research at the interface between the Physical and Biological Sciences (including Clinical Medicine) with the aim of foster new multidisciplinary collaborations between research groups. In support of this initiative, the University makes use of a donation from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation to support the admission of one or more PhD studentships in this area per year.

The Managers of the Sackler Fund invite applications for those wishing to begin their PhD in October 2018. The awards, which are open to both EU and non-EU applicants, will provide for all university and college fees due, 3 years maintenance at the current UK Research Council level (at least £14,553 per annum), and a limited contribution to research expenses (to be negotiated with project supervisor). Awards may also be made to supplement part-support from other sources.

The awards are not restricted to research undertaken in the Department of Physics, and applicants to other cognate Departments are welcome to apply should they meet the general criteria described above. Importantly, applications for research anchored in Departments outside the School of the Physical Sciences should involve collaboration or close engagement with researchers in the physical sciences.

Applicants should apply, or have applied, to the University in the usual way. By collaborating with their potential host PhD supervisor or supervisors, applicants should prepare a two-page research proposal, which outlines the aims of the PhD project and includes a concise discussion of why it fits with the stated aims of the Fund. All applicants should, in addition to submitting their on-line application form, send a copy of their research proposal as an e-mail attachment to the Graduate Office, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, ( to arrive no later than Friday 23 February 2018.

Those who have already submitted a University application should indicate this when they provide the two-page research proposal.

For further details, please contact Prof. B D Simons (

Please quote reference KA14166 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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