The LRI will become part of the new Francis Crick Institute opening in 2015

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The London Research Institute conducts comprehensive PhD and Postdoc training programmes, and are supported by highly trained scientific and administrative staff. 

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Applications for the 2015 Crick PhD Programme are now Closed.

The Francis Crick Institute

The new Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) will conduct ground-breaking and interdisciplinary medical research to understand why disease develops and find new ways to prevent and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Crick is a consortium of six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations — the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College London, King's College London and University College London. In 2015 staff and students from the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (LRI),and MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) will join the Crick, and begin to transfer into its brand new state of the art facilities, opposite the St Pancras Eurostar terminar in central London. You can find out more about the Crick here.

Doing a PhD is an exciting, challenging and stimulating experience that forms the foundation for your subsequent scientific career.  The LRI and NIMR place great emphasis on their international PhD student programmes - students are at the core of our scientific communities and we are committed to training the next generation of research scientists. This commitment, reflected in the way we recruit and train our students, then advise them to as they prepare for the next stage of their career, will continue and strengthen at the Crick. Many of our former PhD students now head their own successful research laboratories at research institutes and universities throughout the world.

Applying to the 2015 Crick PhD Programme

Students who join the 2015 Crick PhD Programme, will start their PhDs at the LRI and NIMR in September 2015, will register for their PhD at one of the Crick partner universities (Imperial College London, King's College London or University College London), and will transfer into the Crick with their research group in early 2016. They will be funded by four-year non-taxable annual stipends of £22,000.

Students interested in applying for a Crick-LRI position on the programme with supervisors currently based at the LRI should apply via this website. Students interested in applying for a Crick-NIMR position with supervisors currently based at the NIMR should apply here. Students can apply via both routes if they are interested in supervisors at both LRI and NIMR.