PhD studentships


The range of research themes within SIDB offer a unique opportunity to contribute to world-class research within autism studies. SIDB researchers within these research themes utilise a range of techniques to explore the biological mechanisms underlying autism. Students will have a principal, second supervisor and, depending on the project, a third supervisor to support and guide them towards submission of a PhD thesis within 3.5 years.


This is a Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain funded award. It will provide an annual stipend for 3.5 years of £15,844 per annum which will be amended annually in line with annual RCUK stipend percentage changes (currently based on the GDP deflator), plus tuition fees (including international).


Applicants should have a good (2:1 or higher) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (including, but not necessarily limited to, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, molecular biology, genetics, computational biology or psychology for the Stanfield project). Applicants should also meet the entry requirements – including English language requirements – for admission to postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. The successful candidate will be based within the new Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) at the University of Edinburgh. They will join a vibrant, successful, highly-collaborative community of researchers across the University of Edinburgh examining the biological mechanisms underlying autism. International students are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply and Deadline

PhD project outlines are currently being written, for studentships commencing September 2022. These will be advertised on the EdNeuro.PhD Platform and here as soon as we can.

If you have an enquiry about the programme please email Jane Wright (SIDB Scientific Administrator).