Home Careers & Study PhD Studentships What we offer


The Franklin PhD programme is fully funded for four years, where successful students will be offered:

  • £18000 tax-free allowance each year for four years
  • ‘Home’ tuition fees for their entire degree*
  • All associated project, conference and publication costs
  • Free Oxford Key bus pass covering Oxford and Oxfordshire or free parking
  • Free affiliate student societies/ club membership to Pembroke College, University of Oxford

‘Home’ students are defined as UK and Irish Nationals, have EU-settled status, have EU-pre-settled status, or have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

We can welcome one international student the opportunity to join us at the Franklin. Our training partner, University of Edinburgh will generously cover the difference between ‘Home’ and ‘International’ fees, so this student will not have to pay for tuition fees (providing that they register with Edinburgh for the duration of their PhD).

Whilst applications from international students are welcome at the Franklin, we are not a Tier 4 organisation and so regretfully cannot provide support for visa application costs and the immigration health surcharge.

Franklin Culture

It’s important for PhD students to maintain a healthy work-life balance, supporting their mental and physical health.

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is based in Harwell Campus, which boasts a number of specialist research organisations, some of which have their own PhD students, and local services including a dentist, a gym and sports leagues and teams. As well as active LGBTQ+ and Green networks, there is also a ‘Nxt Gen’ programme specifically for early-career researchers, and they hold social events on a frequent basis. We also have subsidised access to the RAL canteen and coffee outlets on campus, who provide a variety of hot and cold food options.

The Harwell Campus is based in Oxfordshire, with frequent and direct transport links to Oxford via bus, train and the A34. Students can take advantage of an ‘Unlimited’ bus travel scheme, a cycle-friendly workplace, free electric car charging points and free parking in Harwell Campus. Local amenities can be found here.

As PhD students at the Franklin, successful applicants will also be eligible to join and participate in societies at Pembroke College,  University of Oxford. Internally, our institute offers an active social committee, friendly Mental Health First Aiders and a Training Coordinator to support students throughout their time with us. PhD students will have an annual 25 days’ entitlement to leave, not including bank holidays and extra leave at Christmas.



We aim to provide an environment for students and staff to flourish personally and professionally, and support our students until their next steps – in whatever field that might be. Franklin students will have training resources available to them from multiple avenues – from the Franklin community, our scientific collaborators across Harwell Campus, our Y1 partner University of Edinburgh, and our university partners for Years 2-4. We believe in a strong research culture, which our staff and students can imbibe and take with them in their future careers.

Franklin students will participate in higher-level research skills, with exciting Theme-specific activities tailored specifically to early career researchers and widening knowledge across different disciplines. Training materials will be accessible throughout their time at the Franklin.

Our students will cover a wide range of topics from coding to publishing research, with optional courses that are directly relevant to their projects.

If you have any questions, please email us at training@rfi.ac.uk.

Rosalind Franklin Institute