28 November 2019


United Kingdom.

(Partially Funded)


Rotation Ph.D. Programme in Plant and Microbial Sciences

The Program is a conjoined effort between John Innes Center, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The University of East Anglia. This is the longest-running rotation program in non-medical sciences and the first in plant and microbial science in the United Kingdom, having been established in 2003.

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A traditional Ph.D. studentship has a pre-defined research project and supervisor. By contrast, a rotation Ph.D. programme allows the student to select several mini-research projects in the first year before choosing a topic and supervisor for your main research project. This programme is therefore suitable for the very best students who are ready to embrace independence together with a thirst for training in a broad range of multidisciplinary skills to develop their own Ph.D. project and launch their research careers. The expected outcomes from the Rotation Ph.D. Programme will be well-rounded multidisciplinary training in research; the timely completion of an excellent thesis; publications in high-ranking international refereed journals; and a firm foundation for a distinguished career.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Computational & Systems Biology
  • Crop Genetics
  • Metabolic Biology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Plant Pathology

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Eligible Countries


Program Period

Four years.

The first year is for the student to choose the research project and supervisor so the student will be attending a three-week training period followed by ten weeks of mini-research projects with three different supervisors. By June of the first year, you will be expected to have chosen your supervisor and project. You will use the next 16 weeks to conduct exploratory experiments and write your research proposal. The outcome will be the submission of a high-quality Ph.D. thesis within a total of four years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The minimum academic requirement across the University for entry to a doctoral degree is either at least a 2:1 in a UK undergraduate degree equivalent to very good grade or B+, or a Master’s degree, or equivalent.
  • 6.5 total IELTS score with a minimum of 6 in each component. Other alternative requirements are listed here.
  • This multidisciplinary programme is open to students with a degree in any scientific subject of relevance to the scope of the programme.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • It covers a stipend of £18,009pa (2019/20 level).
  • University registration fees.
  • Generous allowance for research consumables/training.

How to Apply

First Step: Ahead of submitting your application, you should prepare;

  1. Official Transcripts (in English) of your Higher Education qualifications.
  2. Evidence of your English Proficiency.
  3. Two references – We require two references and you will need to request these. At least one of these must be an academic reference.
  4. Personal statement – Your personal statement must be no more than 500 words and should outline how your experience relates to undertaking a research study with us.
  5. Curriculum Vitae – Your CV should detail professional qualifications, publications, and research interests.

Second Step: Register for an account and start your online application. Choose postgraduate research application. Select the Rotation Ph.D. program.

Third Step: Fill the required fields in the application including a personal statement and a research statement including the following; Describe your reasons for choosing the multi-disciplinary Rotation Ph.D. programme and how it fits with your long-term career objectives. You should include three research areas of the participating institutes that you could potentially choose for your three mini-projects in the first rotation year and why they interest you.

Fourth Step: If selected, there will be skype interviews for short-listed candidates for those that cannot attend being held on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

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