As part of our charitable mission to advance science for the public benefit, the CCDC sponsors a number of PhDs each year.

We know that training the next generation of scientists is vital to advance science as a whole. 


How to submit a PhD proposal to CCDC

CCDC has a process for PhD submissions.  We encourage submissions from the 1st December until the 31st January. 

Ideally a project proposal would have an internal CCDC sponsor to advocate for the project and then ultimately act as the industrial supervisor.  These proposals will then be considered competitively during February with a decision provided at the end of the month. 

CCDC usually will only consider top-up grants for PhDs rather than full funding.  We are members of several doctoral training centres in the United Kingdom and are prepared to collaboratively fund suitable PhD students to train in such centres.


What do CCDC PhD students work on?

Join us at our annual Science Day to learn what the current CCDC sponsored PhD students are working on. Find our upcoming events here.

Watch talks from the 2020 Science Day here.

You can also see a list of current students and their topics here.

This year we are looking for suitable studentships with a particular focus on using collections and subsets of the Cambridge Structural Database in combination with other modelling methods to create models for fast prediction of molecular and crystallographic properties.


CCDC PhD proposal deadlines 2021

  • 28th February 2021 - submissions welcomed. Email your proposal for review.
  • March 2021 - submissions reviewed
  • March-April 2021 - positions confirmed.


About the CCDC PhD programme

From our virtual Science Day 2021 where current PhD students presented on their work, Jason Cole explains why and how the CCDC PhD programme works.