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Postgraduate School of Life Sciences


Alexander Crummell Fully Funded PhD Scholarships 2024
for Students with Black or Black-Mixed Ethnicity

In collaboration with Queens’ College, Cambridge, the School of Biological Sciences is inviting applications for the Alexander Crummell PhD Scholarships.


These scholarships are aimed at Home (UK fee rate) students with Black or Black-Mixed ethnicity, applying for a PhD degree in a science-based subject at the University of Cambridge. The terms of the award include that you will become a member of Queens’ College, Cambridge. 

The Award

A maintenance award for 4 years at the UKRI level (£18,622 in 2023); university fees at the home rate; research consumables for 4 years (£18,000 in total).

You will also undertake a 3- month long Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS) at some stage during your study, and will participate in training and cohort-building events alongside other funded students.  

How to apply

Follow the instructions, described under Option 1 and Option 2 below to help you decide which course to apply for - you can pursue both options.

When you are ready to apply, go to the Postgraduate Admissions website to find out more about your chosen course and to access the Applicant Portal and start your application.

Option 1

Contact (by email) potential supervisors in labs based in one of our departments, institutes or research centres to discuss the possibility of applying to carry out PhD research under their supervision. Potential supervisors will help you with formulating a suitable research project proposal for your application. You will also be able to find potential supervisors listed under the six major Research Themes which exist within the School of Biological Sciences:

Option 2

Eligible applicants who would prefer to undertake lab rotations before selecting a PhD project should apply to the The Cambridge Biosciences DTP four year PhD programme. Successful applicants to this programme who meet the criteria for the Alexander Crummell PhD Scholarship  may be offered a co-funded scholarship.

Application Deadlines:

  • 5 December 2023 (if applying for the Cambridge Biosciences DTP 4-year PhD programme); or
  • 4 January 2024 if applying direct to a Department.



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