Jobs & Fellowships

Wellcome Trust PhD Programme

December 2, 2019


The Wellcome Trust – Integrative Infection Biology programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

We commit to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

Infectious diseases shaped human evolution and pose formidable, complex challenges to global health. These can only be addressed by the imaginative and multidisciplinary approaches encapsulated through Integrated Infection Biology.

Our PhD programme sets out to equip the next generation of innovative world-class researchers with cutting-edge concepts and technologies, inspiring them to apply their skills to tackle the challenges of infectious diseases.

We offer excellent PhD projects that build synergistic collaborations across the University of Glasgow and our international partners.

Our aim is to give all students an exceptional experience, driving them to build their careers with the ability, confidence and integrity to make transformative contributions to global health. Our principles are promoting inquisitive and rigorous science, imparting technological and analytical skills, and reinforcing personal wellbeing.

The programme will develop ‘Scientists without Boundaries’, instilling into each student the full range of scientific and generic skills required for success, to gain ambition and confidence as researchers, and to promote self-development as the modus vivendi for lifelong careers. Our development programme is based on the Vitae Framework.

The programme is structured with a 6-month introductory period, a 3.5-year PhD project, followed by a novel ‘PhD Plus’ phase, which offers support beyond the PhD degree award.

This structure aligns to the key phases of student growth: FoundationDevelopment; and Maturation before Graduation and career Launch.

The introductory phase exposes students to a range of courses (Timetable) and rotation laboratory projects, prior to PhD project selection.


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.

Annual stipend (2020/21 rate): £19,919


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 first or upper second class UK honours degree, or the international equivalent, in an appropriate area of science.

Supporting documents
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 2020)
  • Academic transcript
  • Passport (a scan of the photo page)
  • Personal statement. State your motivation for selecting this programme and explain how completion of the programme will aid the development of your career. The statement should include information relating to research projects in which you have been involved, along with any other relevant information you wish to emphasise (previous academic, professional or voluntary experience, projects, placements, etc.). The statement should not be longer than one A4 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. References should be signed and on headed paper. References must be received by 14 January 2020.

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 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.

Apply Here

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

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.

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