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Herchel Smith Fund


In accordance with Dr Smith's particular research interests, part of the residual portion of his bequest was directed to Harvard University to fund a PhD studentship programme for the prospective Harvard and Cambridge students. The Herchel Smith Research Studentships are among the most prestigious studentships offered by the Universities. Students are selected at both institutions within the broad area of Life Sciences and regular meetings of students and Managers are incorporated into the scheme, the first being held in July 2010 in Cambridge.

The first Herchel Smith PhD studentships were awarded in 2008. Cambridge presently recruits three to four HS PhD students annually (for a four-year period of study), while Harvard recruits five HS PhD students annually (for a two-year period of study).

At Cambridge the Herchel Smith Research Studentships provide:

  • Tuition Fees (fully or partially covered by a college)

  • Stipend at the Wellcome Trust rates for four years

  • Research Support grant (£5,000 a year)

  • Visa costs (for the overseas students)

Successful applicants may have the opportunity to apply to undertake a one- or two-month research project at Harvard University as part of their studies.

To view Terms and Conditions, please click here.