Translational Neuroscience - Additional Programme Information

Translational Neuroscience - Additional Programme Information

Further information on our Wellcome Trust four year PhD programme in Translational Neuroscience, including information about how to apply:

Student Intake

This ambitious 4 year PhD programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, will accept an average of seven outstanding students per year. The first student cohort started in September 2016 and there will be further intakes in 2017 and 2018.


The studentships are fully funded for four years and provide tutition fees (at UK/EU rate), a student stipend and research costs. There is also funding for travel to scientific meetings and for training.

Application Procedure

Once the call for applications has opened, you should apply for the Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD in Translational Neuroscience using the EdNeuro.PhD website application form quoting the reference code 2017-WT4yrPhD-TN programme. Applications will not be accepted out-with the call for applications. To download the application form, visit our Applying page.

Once the call for applications has opened, the completed form should be emailed to with the project code '2017-WT4yrPhD-TN programme' in the subject line.


The call for applications will open on 17th October 2016
The deadline for receipt of applications will be 5pm, Monday 5th December 2016
The deadline for receipt of references will be Friday 9th December 2016
Interviews will take place on Thursday 19th January 2017 in Edinburgh (with an information session the preceding evening).

Programme Leadership

This cross-discipline programme in translational neuroscience will be led by six outstanding researchers representing fundamental, clinical and human research across the lifespan at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Professor Charles ffrench-Constant (Director, Edinburgh Neuroscience) - Programme lead
  • Professor Ian Deary (Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology)
  • Professor Stephen Lawrie (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Psychiatry)
  • Professor David Price (Centre for Integrative Physiology)
  • Professor Peter Kind (Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities)
  • Professor Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Neuroimaging Sciences)

In addition, they will be advised by an international scientific advisory panel also representing a mixture of clinical and fundamental research:

  • Professor Sumantra Chatterji, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India
  • Professor Marian Joels, Director, Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Professor Jonathan Rosand, Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA

Other Wellcome Trust PhD Programmes at University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is privileged to be hosting three Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programmes -  in addition to Translational Neuroscience there are four-year programmes in:


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