Studentship vacancies

Why do an NC3Rs-funded PhD?

  • Gain a solid introduction to research that aims to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in science.
  • Undertake scientific training with a prestigious university committed to 3Rs research.
  • Join the UK's growing 3Rs research community and participate in our studentship summer school.
  • Contribute to research that advances the boundaries of how science is conducted.


Candidates should hold, or realistically expect to obtain, at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. They should have a strong academic background in the biological sciences and a desire to pursue research in line with that of the research groups. Requirements vary for each studentship.

Posts are open to UK nationals. EU nationals, who have spent at least three years prior to the application resident in the UK, are also eligible to apply. Non-UK residents can only be considered if the Research Organisation can demonstrate a shortage of high-quality UK candidates, and this must be approved by the NC3Rs prior to appointment.

Funding provides full support for tuition fees for the three-year duration of the studentship, associated project costs, and an annual tax-free stipend. The national minimum doctoral stipend is set annually by  – for 2021/22, this is £15,609. In line with the MRC, NC3Rs sets a higher minimum stipend level for inside London – for 2021/22 this is £17,285.

Current vacancies

The following studentships are due to commence in 2022. For further information, details of the application process and deadlines for submission, please contact the relevant project supervisor.

Dr Cinzia Allegrucci, University of Nottingham - Human stem cell models of de novo tumorigenesis to replace the use of animals for the study of cancer initiation (48 months)

Dr Shoba Amarnath, Newcastle University - Efficacy of artificial imprinted antibodies in driving unwarranted immune responses (36 months)

Dr Marc Busche, University College London - 3D patient-derived organoids: A viable and complementary model to study neural system dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease (36 months)

Dr Philip Elks, University of Sheffield - Modulating macrophage phenotypes during infection in zebrafish (36 months)

Dr Hanna Hartikainen, University of Nottingham - Refinement of pre-exposure programs to reduce the use of fish in proliferative kidney disease monitoring in aquaculture (48 months)

Dr Eva Kevei, University of Reading - Investigation of dopamine transporter dysfunction linked to DAT/SLC6A3 mutations in CRISPR-Cas engineered C. elegans and patient derived iPSCs (48 months)

Dr Andrew Leach, University of Manchester - High fidelity computational approaches to exploit new structures of cardiac ion channels (36 months)

Dr Jessica Martin, University of Edinburgh - Ensuring humane deaths for laboratory birds (48 months)

Professor Cathy Merry, University of Nottingham - Exploring the role of matrix encapsulation on early developmental decisions using non-animal sourced hydrogels (48 months)

Dr Gemma Walmsley, University of Liverpool - Embryonic zebrafish models of HACD1-deficiency to replace mammals in congenital myopathy and lipidomic research (48 months)