Other PhD funding

I am currently seeking a talented candidate to apply for a Wellcome Trust / NIH joint PhD scheme. Click here for details.
Below are some other opportunities you may be interested in. Contact me to discuss any of these.




Newcastle’s 4-year PhD programme

In 2007, the Wellcome Trust chose Newcastle University to set up a PhD Programme in “Systems Neuroscience: From Networks to Behaviour”. The Wellcome Trust’s four-year PhD Programmes are a flagship scheme aimed at supporting the most promising students to undertake in-depth postgraduate research training. The first year combines taught courses with laboratory rotations to broaden students’ knowledge of the subject area. At the end of the first year, students will make an informed choice of their three-year PhD research project. The programme aims to provide specialised training for physical and computational scientists wishing to apply their skills to a research career in neuroscience. Support includes a stipend for four years, PhD registration fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, general training funds and some travel costs. Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a subject such as physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. More details are available here.

I am offering placements in my lab for either the first-year rotation, or the full 3-year PhD project. If you are interested in this, please contact me to discuss possible projects. General inquiries about the scheme can also be addressed to neurosciencepg-enquires@ncl.ac.uk.


Newcastle’s Institute of Neuroscience was created in 2002 as one of the University’s flagship research institutes and forms one of the largest neuroscience communities in the UK. It is housed in the attractive new Henry Wellcome Building, funded by the largest Joint Infrastructure Fund award in the North-east, and currently undergoing a major expansion to create new space for translational research and the latest neuroimaging techniques. The historic city of Newcastle on the River Tyne boasts a vibrant cultural, leisure, sporting and nightlife scene, within easy reach of the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and coast.

Edinburgh’s 4-year PhD programme

Edinburgh University also has a 4-year PhD programme in neuroscience. Students on this course can do their MSc or PhD project in my lab with permission from Edinburgh, although this will obviously require a willingness to commute to Newcastle on a regular basis.

China Excellence Scholarships

The Chinese government, the Department for Education and Skills and Newcastle University, jointly fund a small number of scholarships for PhD students. These cover tuition fees at the international rate, and travel and living expenses for three years subject to satisfactory progress.