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Postgraduate studentships

The Pirbright Institute has formed partnerships with a number of different universities and companies in the UK to offer a selection of exciting studentships studying viral infections of animals.

These partnerships offer students an exceptional opportunity to obtain a broad view of infectious disease research in a rich, stimulating and unique research environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with the different partners involved in their project, thereby giving them access to novel ways of tackling the problems of livestock diseases through interdisciplinary, cross-institutional approaches. This will be coupled to core skills training at the student’s host institutions, providing flexible training options and experiences that will support a wide range of career choices.

Watch this short film to find out more about PhD studentships at The Pirbright Institute:

Visit the Postgraduate Benefits page to watch our Student Spotlight interviews in full and gain insight from current PhD students.

Studentship Funding Eligibility:

For further information on funding eligibility please refer to: - Annex B.


For information on how to apply please visit:

Current opportunities

PhD Studentship:  Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

Candidates are invited to apply for a studentship funded by the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme, which will involve research under the joint supervision of academics at the Pirbright Institute and the University of Oxford. This studentship may be of particular interest to students with interests in areas such as virology, immunology, pathogen evolution, diagnostics, vaccines and animal health and welfare.  Candidates should apply directly to the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP and state in their application that they wish to be considered for a Pirbright studentship. Your personal statement should include an explanation of your interest in working with research groups at the Pirbright Institute. Where relevant, please indicate any interest in collaborating with researchers in other DTP partner organisations, such as Diamond Light Source. The student who is awarded this studentship will have the opportunity to participate fully in the 4-year training programme provided by the DTP and will undertake exploratory projects in two research groups before committing to a specific 3-year research project, which will be undertaken under the primary supervision of a researcher at The Pirbright Institute, with co-supervision from a researcher at the University of Oxford.  

Full details:

To apply:

Deadline to apply:  12 noon (UK time) on 28 June 2024



How to apply for a postgraduate studentship:

See 'how to apply' page for details.

General enquiries can be emailed to

Studentships provide for tuition fees and stipend depending on eligibility (see project advert for details).


UK Posgraduate Doctoral Loans:

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan (of up to £28,673) can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.  Students in receipt of Research Council funding are not eligible.  Details can be found here.

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