Collaborative Training Partnership

Researcher in laboratory

The Babraham Research Campus (BRC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) Award for fifteen PhD Studentships (five per year for three years) starting in October 2022.

The BRC CTP is a joint partnership between the Babraham Institute, the BBSRC and BRC and a range of innovative tenant companies on the Campus working in the Bioscience for Health BBSRC priority area. The goals of the BRC CTP are (i) to train excellent PhD students in the advancing frontiers of bioscience discovery and the Bioscience for an integrated understanding of health priority areas and to provide them with a range of scientific and transferable skills; (ii) to give them ‘real-world’ experience of working in the commercial bioscience sector through their respective collaborative PhD projects and (iii) thereby train the next generation of researchers, skilled in modern techniques, critical thinking and business skills. The distinct features and location of the BRC will provide students with access to real-world examples of translational activity, innovation and entrepreneurship and will lead to future careers in academia, industry and science-based tech transfer and commercialisation.

The Babraham Institute is a world-leader in fundamental biological research investigating the systems that underpin development and healthy ageing. It is a recognised postgraduate University Partner Institute of the University of Cambridge. Starting October 2022 five BRC CTP Studentships will be available leading to a University of Cambridge PhD degree. These studentships can be awarded for up to 4 years.

Please see the Studentship pages on the Babraham Institute website and section TGC5.2 of the UKRI-BBSRC website for details of eligibility and funding. Students will join a thriving scientific community situated on an attractive parkland campus near Cambridge. Our 45 students are all members of Cambridge Colleges and participate fully in University social and academic life.

To ensure that we train a diverse group of students, we would particularly like to hear from students who come from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, such as those listed below:

  • Identifying as belonging to an underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Be part of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Be someone with a disability
  • Be from a low-income household
  • Have been granted refugee status in the UK
  • Be a mature student
  • Be of the first generation of your family to go to university
  • Have entered university from a care background
  • Are a single parent, lone guardian of a young person (under the age of 18), or have caring responsibilities for an ill of disabled person who could not manage without this help

Details of our innovative and interactive scientific programmes can be found here. As a student at the Institute, you will have access to all of our outstanding science facilities, each one providing specialist equipment and expertise to support key research techniques and technologies. In addition to our animal facility, imaging, chemical synthesis and mass spectrometry, we are able to offer transgenics services, flow cytometry, lipidomics, next-generation sequencing and a highly specialist team of bioinformaticians. In addition, several of our facilities operate training programmes to help you develop your own skills in these key research areas. The Institute’s research groups also incorporate a selection of other cutting-edge specialties including single-cell and multi-omics approaches.




All applications for PhD Studentships at the Babraham Institute need to be made using the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal regardless of funding source. Please see the 'Applying for a PhD' pages on our website for further details of the application process.

We hope to invite short-listed applicants to attend our Institute Graduate Open Day, usually held in mid-January, for a series of interviews. This will give applicants an opportunity to meet Group Leaders and their research groups, as well as receiving a tour of our research facilities. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid to those invited.

Students will not be able to take up an award unless they meet all University eligibility criteria and are successful in securing admission to the University. In addition, they will not be able to apply for a visa (if needed) until they hold an unconditional offer from the University.

The deadline for submission of applications via the Graduate Application Portal is Friday 1st December 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you would like more information, or have any questions not answered on our website or the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal, please contact us