Syncona PhD Scholarship

Syncona is a FTSE 250 healthcare company focused on creating global leaders in life sciences. We operate as a hands-on venture capital, working closely with world class scientists to found, build and scale companies with the aim of delivering transformational treatments to patients. We invest in all therapeutic modalities (e.g. small molecules, antibodies, nucleic acid therapies) and currently have 11 companies in our portfolio that are developing therapies to treat diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders and inherited diseases. In parallel to supporting our portfolio companies, we are also constantly looking for the next breakthroughs in science and medicine and remain actively engaged with the academic and clinician communities.


Syncona are offering one PhD scholarship available to students conducting their doctoral research within Life Sciences at an accredited UK university. The scholarships are aimed at those from a Black African, Black Caribbean or Mixed Black heritage to support diversifying the talent pipeline in the sector.


  • Funding to cover:
    • PhD fees at the home / UK rate.
    • Maintenance stipend of £18,900 per annum for up to three years (£20,475 for Universities in London)
    • Materials, consumables and running expenses up to £3,000 per annum for up to three years.
  • Mentoring support from senior Syncona staff.
  • Pastoral support from a Windsor Fellowship Mentor.
  • Paid internship for six months with Syncona in the fourth year. This will include some dedicated time for writing up your PhD thesis if necessary.
  • Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme in the fourth year of the programme.

Who can apply?

  • You must be from a Black African, Black Caribbean or Mixed Black heritage.
  • Secured a full time PhD programme for October 2023 entry within Life Sciences.
  • Have the right to work and study in the UK (Syncona will not be able to offer visa sponsorship).

How to apply?

  • Applications are now closed for 2023-24. Please sign up here to hear about the next round of recruitment.

If you have any questions about the opportunity please email: