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PhD Studentships in Neuroscience - Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research Studentship

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

The funding covers 3-year PhDs.  Start date to be agreed.

Application closing date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research invites applications from highly qualified and motivated students for PhD training. Incoming students will be engaged in research projects that will integrate across the groups within the Wellcome Trust Centre, offering a vibrant multidisciplinary training environment. The Centre has an excellent track record in training and mentoring both basic and clinical scientists at this level.

Research activities within the Centre are built on our long standing clinical and scientific expertise in mitochondrial biology and disease, with more than 50 researchers engaged in research projects spanning clinical aspects through diagnosis and gene discovery to fundamental science investigating molecular mechanisms and mitochondrial gene expression

We are totally committed to providing the best of care for our patients by developing new strategies for preventing or treating mitochondrial disease. All of these are fundamentally dependent upon very high quality basic and clinical research, to which incoming students will contribute, allowing us to better understand the mechanisms underlying mitochondrial disease.


Newcastle University

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, Institute of Neuroscience

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must have a BSc (Hons) in an appropriate scientific speciality at either a first or 2:1 level. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes in advantageous.

This award is available to UK/EU and international applicants.  If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7 with at least 6.5 in the written component, or equivalent.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.  Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:


For further information please email Professor Sir Doug Turnbull.