Externally/Self-funded PhD Studentships.

The Earlham Institute welcomes applications from postgraduate students who have, or hope to gain, external scholarships or who wish to self-fund their studies.

Become a PhD student.

The Earlham Institute (EI) was established in 2009 to bring together expertise in biosciences, biotechnology, bioinformatics and high performance computing to answer ambitious biological questions. Our research programmes take data-driven approaches to decoding living systems and understanding their complex functions, diversity and how they interact with their environments. Though still a young institute, we have already gained a reputation for training multidisciplinary scientists, equipped with diverse skills sought after across academia and industry.

Research Expertise.

The Earlham Institute (EI) was established in 2009 to bring together expertise in biosciences, biotechnology, bioinformatics and high performance computing to answer ambitious biological questions. Our research programmes take data-driven approaches to decoding living systems and understanding their complex functions, diversity and how they interact with their environments. Though still a young institute, we have already gained a reputation for training multidisciplinary scientists, equipped with diverse skills sought after across academia and industry.

Research Environment.

EI has a small, dynamic faculty of 14 Principle Investigators, who lead focussed research programs in the areas of genomics, engineering biology and computational biology. Our science programmes are supported by scalable platforms for bioinformatics, genomics and biotechnology. These include laboratories equipped with advanced capabilities in next-generation sequencing, high-performance computing, phenomics and synthetic biology.

Our research programmes span many different levels of biology - genes, cells, tissues, individuals, species and populations - interrogating the molecular basis underlying phenotypes, selection and evolution and enabling exploitation in key areas of plant, animal and human health, as well as in industrial biotechnology and environmental sciences.

Training Environment.

As a postgraduate research student, you will be part of a dynamic and enthusiastic research community at the Earlham Institute as well as interacting with the thousands of scientists working on the wider Norwich Research Park. Most students are registered at the neighbouring University of East Anglia. We encourage students to be active members of the Norwich research community with an emphasis on learning through experience and activity. There are a wide range of training courses for scientific and transferable skills and many opportunities to gain recognition for your efforts in presenting papers at conferences, serving on committees, interacting with the public and a range of other activities.

Interested in applying?

Step 1: Identify a research area of interest by visiting our Science Division

Step 2: Contact a potential primary supervisor at EI to see whether they are able to support a postgraduate research student. Discuss and agree a project description suitable for a masters or doctoral degree.

Step 3: Complete an application form via the University of East Anglia (UEA) and propose the area of research you are interested in. Guidance on making an application can be found here.