Self and externally funded PhDs

The first step is to identify a research area and potential supervisor.

The second step is to have a dialogue with a potential supervisor to develop a research proposal.

The third step is to complete an application form, via the University of East Anglia, proposing your agreed area of research and the supervisor you hope to work with.

All applications are checked and candidates are interviewed to ensure they fulfil the normal academic standards expected of postgraduate research degrees.

If the difference between the home and overseas tuition fee cannot be covered, you may be eligible for either our International Scholarship or Janaki Ammal Scholarship.


“I am currently pursuing a PhD in wheat genetics through Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars’ Program. I found this program through internet searches and contacted my current supervisor to draft a proposal together for a PhD project. We made a successful application and I’ve had three wonderful years in my PhD so far. The John Innes Centre is an excellent place to learn while working on a number of intellectually stimulating projects, and I definitely encourage interested students to apply through externally funding programs.”

Sreya Ghosh

“I am an externally funded PhD student at the John Innes Centre. My finance is supported by the Mexican government. This postgraduate opportunity permitted me to select the research area and supervisor that best suited my professional interests in a distinguished institution. It gave me the flexibility to discuss and agree on the project proposal. I consider this a central feature to keep a young scientist motivated. As an international student, I was awarded the John Innes Centre International Scholarship that covers a large part of my tuition fees. It enables me to feel free and concentrate on achieving my research goals.”

Jesús Quiroz-Chávez