We know that training the next generation of scientists is vital to advance science as a whole, for this reason CCDC sponsors a number of PhD students each year as part of its charitable mission to advance science for the public benefit.

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.



How to submit a PhD proposal to CCDC

PhD submission process:

  • Send your submission: email us presenting your proposal, we encourage submissions from 1st December 2021 until 28th February 2022
  • Submission review: 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. 
  • Position confirmation

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.

We welcome applications from any country, but note that the funding we can provide remains the same.


CCDC PhD proposal deadlines 2022  

  • Up to 28th February 2022 - submissions welcomed: initial short proposal of up to 500 words, and note your CCDC contact.
  • March 2022 - submissions reviewed.
  • March-April 2022 - positions confirmed.


What do CCDC PhD students work on?

Learn what the current CCDC sponsored PhD students are working on: 


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.