How to apply: 2022 PhD programme

Applications for the 2022 PhD programme closed on 11 November at 12:00 noon GMT.

Applications are now closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 PhD student programme.

PhD students in the Crick's atrium.


Please read the following candidate instructions carefully and in full before starting or submitting your application. You should also check the Crick's privacy policy.

If you have any questions after reading this guidance contact us on

Register on our student recruitment system

You must register on our student recruitment system and activate your account before you can complete an application form. 

Any questions?

Get in touch by emailing

Email us

To register, you will be asked to provide a valid email address - please type this in carefully as the account activation link will be sent to this email address. Please note that these emails sometimes get blocked by email/university security systems or end up in spam folders, so please check your spam/junk folder.

Please make sure that your email address is one that you will check regularly throughout the application process as this will be how we will contact you.

Application form

Complete the application form

The application form has nine sections: personal details, project choice, statement, experience, education, other details, references, equal opportunities, declaration, and a link to the candidate instructions.

You can move from section to section by clicking on the left-hand links. You can save your progress so you can return to and complete the form at a later date. However, if you move to a new section of the form without completing all required fields and hitting the 'save' button, changes will be lost.

The deadline for applications to the 2022 Crick PhD programme is 12:00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 11 November 2021, when the online application site will close. However, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible, to allow sufficient time for your referees to supply their references.  

Please note that the deadline for references is Thursday 18 November 2021.

Guidance on each section

Contacting us

If you have any questions about completing the application form, which you cannot find an answer to on our PhD programme webpages you can email us via We aim to respond within two working days.