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The Abell Group is always keen to hear from talented and enthusiastic scientists who are interested in contributing to our research. Researchers within the fragment group cover a broad spectrum of techniques including biological, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, protein biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, and computational chemistry. In the microdroplets group researchers may have experience across a broad spectrum of techniques including: biological chemistry, nano fabrication, assay development, laser spectroscopy etc.

We are interested to hear from individuals, who are looking at applying for their own funding from other sources. Some examples of the funding bodies that might be appropriate are listed below:


Leverhulme Trust

Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Medical Research Council

Ramsey Memorial Fellowships Trust

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Royal Society


PhD Studentships

We welcome applications from prospective postgraduate students with strong academic backgrounds in organic, biological or medicinal chemistry looking to embark on a course of PhD study. Positions usually start at the beginning of October. There is much information for prospective students at the Graduate Admissions website and also from the Department of Chemistry.

As part of your online application, please upload a completed Chemistry Department application form, which may be downloaded from this link.

Professor Chris Abell is in the Biological Research Interest Group (RIG).

To apply to the University of Cambridge for a PhD (or an MPhil) in Chemistry, please apply via the online Applicant Portal by the deadline date.

Information on funding opportunities on the Graduate Admissions Funding webpage. A number of different organisations grant scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge. These scholarship are highly competitive. Full or part-cost awards may be granted. If an award is fully funded, it is typically for 3 years only. Please bear this in mind as it is common for PhD to take longer than 3 years, although the requirement to pay fees stops after 3 years.

You should have secured funds to pay for University fees and for your own maintenance before you come to Cambridge. A PhD programme is a minimum of 3 years but typically may be up to 4 years to complete, depending on how a project develops. After 3 years, you no longer need to pay fees, but you continue to need funds for your maintenance. For an estimate of the funds needed for a PhD course in Chemistry, please follow this link and select the tab that is relevant to you:

For those seeking scholarships, applicants are strongly advised to apply for all sources of funding for which they might be eligible, both internal and external to the University, and from their home countries for International students if this is appropriate.

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