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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Graduate Students (MPhil or PhD)- Prospective 

Cambridge has excellent opportunities for those wishing to embark on a career in infectious disease research. The University provides a stimulating and supportive environment for Graduate Students. There is a carefully monitored research supervision system and a wealth of seminars and other research-oriented teaching available to students. In addition the Collegiate system provides excellent pastoral and social benefits.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences holds details of Masters and PhD courses in the sciences, including a comprehensive database of PhD projects.

We (CID) do not accept direct applications from individual students wishing to pursue a PhD.  However do check our Jobs & Studentships page to find any specific currently advertised PhD/Post Doctoral Positions and Fellowships.

Find a supervisor

Potential supervisors for Masters & PhD projects can be identified by searching our directory and the database on The Graduate School of Life Sciences website. 

Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, Research Councils and central University funds. You can use our Cambridge Funding Search page to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. We also operate a Graduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

How to Apply

It is easy to apply for funding at Cambridge. Eighty per cent of the funding awarded to applicants last year was from competitions that just require you to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application Form (via the Applicant Portal); you will be able to check using our funding search for options that you aren't automatically considered for. The Board of Graduate Studies provides details on how to apply for graduate studies at Cambridge.

A select sample of funding schemes are listed below.


EU and UK students

Cambridge home scholarship scheme (CHSS) (graduates only)

Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

The Cambridge Trust source of funding to scholars at Cambridge

The Cambridge Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership


International students

Cambridge international scholarship scheme (CISS) (graduate)

Cambridge Australia Scholarships

Cambridge Trust Scholarships available for African applicants

Gates Cambridge Scholarship


PhD (select)

Masters (select)


Graduate Students - Current

The research culture of University departments loses vibrancy without any postdocs or PhD students, and the University of Cambridge is committed to providing you with a place to thrive not just survive.  CID is actively trying to connect early career researchers across schools and disciplines.

Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC- Join Us! If you are just browsing this web site - and are a new graduate or post doc - please do consider completing the online form to join this virtual network.  Click above or head to the front of the web page and look right to click on Join Us. Your picture and research interests will be searchable online as part of this expanding community, and many new networking and small funding opportunities are available through CID.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help organise events, please contact the Coordinator at 

Early Career Researcher Interdisciplinary Networking  Building a thriving community and culture in which interdisciplinary research can happen more readily is a core strategy for CID, and we work in concert with several other networks to offer interdisciplinary networking events for early career researchers  (PhD Students and Post Docs) with an interest in biomedical research areas.

Our events aim to:

  • Provide informal speed networking/social networking opportunities among early career researchers who work in or have an interest in biomedical/veterinary/biosciences research topics. 
  • Provide skills focused networking workshops to promote integrative thinking and creative problem-solving approaches 
  • Provide leadership seminars from researchers who have developed their careers in mixed discipline environments.

Our overarching goal in providing opportunities to to empower early career researchers to consider interdisciplinary approaches to their work, by fostering trust, creative thinking, curiosity, a willingness to debate openly and a mutual respect and language across disciplines. Events are advertised on the main events page. 

Professional development:

Researcher Development Programme - The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is the University's central provider for the researcher development of graduate students and research staff.

Career Service  - Offers careers advice and information to Graduates and research assistants. It organises numerous events on career opportunities.

Training and development courses - The Personal and Professional Development office provides many training and development opportunities for research staff.

University of Cambridge Training - This site provides a central point for staff and students of the University for searching and booking a variety of training courses run by participating University training providers.

CID Talks - The site provides a database of talks in Cambridge open to everyone, and allows you to sign up to email alerts for relevant Infectious Diseases seminars -  talks are pulled from multiple seminar series across schools.

The Reporter - Reports university business, and also advertises college vacancies if you're interested becoming affiliated with a Cambridge college whilst you're here (both stipendiary and non-stipendiary).

Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences - Entrepreneurs in Residence

Cambridge Enterprise - Cambridge Enterprise was formed by the University of Cambridge to help students and staff commercialise their expertise and ideas. At Cambridge Enterprise, we help academics achieve the impact that is central to securing long-term funding for research.

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