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Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme

Comments on the programme from our students

We have collected comments from present and past students about what they think of the programme:

Student and alumni comments

The highly interdisciplinary character of the Wellcome Trust PhD program pushed me to become a more well-rounded scientist. All the knowledge and experience I gained over the last four years in chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics allowed me to secure a semi-independent postdoctoral fellowship straight after my PhD.
Dr Diana MonteiroPhD student 2011-5 now Postdoctoral Fellow with the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging

The studentship provides a risk-free opportunity to try research outside your comfort zone and nurtures your independence and creativity from the beginning. I credit the programme for giving me the confidence and experience I needed to move into my new career.
Dr Kevin Tipping PhD student 2010-14

The research rotations on this programme offer "taster sessions" in scientific disciplines, enabling first-hand experience of different techniques. This allowed me to explore new science topics and further refine the branches of science in which I would study for a PhD.
Dr Amanda Perry (nee Bolt) PhD student 2004-8 now Pre-registration Clinical Biochemist at Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust

The foundation year rotations were a great opportunity to try out a wide variety of techniques I wouldn't have had a chance to experience otherwise
Dr Rebecca Thompson PhD student 2011-2017 now Cryo-electron Microscopy Support Scientist in the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory

The 4-year Wellcome Trust PhD Program in Leeds has been the most formative period of my scientific career. The multi-disciplinary nature of the program has been essential for the development of novel concept and collaborations, which have inspired me right towards my current goal of establishing an independent research group.
Dr Thomas Jahn PhD student 2002-6 now a Junior Research Group Leader at the German Cancer Research Centre.

The rotations are a terrific way to find yourself as a research scientist. Together with designing your own final project, the skills you gain on the program put you in a really strong position to apply for competitive fellowships at the end.
Dr Anthony Roberts PhD student 2005-9 after holding a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship at Harvard University, Anthony is now a Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Group Leader at Birkbeck College, London.