Clinical Research Fellowships 2024

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Clinical Research Training Fellow 2024

The CRUK Cambridge Centre is a dynamic collaboration of academic researchers, clinicians, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries based in the Cambridge area. We combine world-class science and technology with excellent patient care to pioneer new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. By working together across different disciplines, we are breaking down the barriers between the laboratory and the clinic, enabling patients to benefit from the latest innovations in cancer science.   

One of the main principles of the Centre is the open exchange of scientific knowledge and skills across the many disciplines involved in cancer science, creating a culture of continuous learning and development for all members. In keeping with this aim, the Centre also supports a broad programme of formal education and training designed to nurture the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians. We will fund up to 5 Clinical Research Training Fellowships for 2024.

We invite applications from UK, EU and non-EU students who have completed their clinical training. Please ensure you meet the entrance requirements and follow the application processes detailed below.

Clinical student applicants

The Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme forms part of the CRUK Cambridge Centre’s ‘Integrated Academic Training Programme’, as defined by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This means that training is tailored to equip translational scientists with the skills and experience they need to progress in their combined research and clinical careers.

CRUK Cambridge Centre provides Clinical Research Training Fellows (CRTFs) with funds to cover a full-time, 3 year PhD degree. This includes a clinical salary and University Composition Fees at the ‘Home’ (UK) rate (*Overseas applicants may apply, and will usually be eligible to apply for the reduced staff University Composition Fee (UCF), which is one third of either the full- or part-time Home Student UCF, for all qualifying students, irrespective of whether they are classified as UK or Overseas. Successful international applicants would be required to apply for the reduced staff UCF via their host department, and if they are not eligible they may be required to self-fund the cost difference between Overseas and UK fees; this is approximately £27,600 per year for 3 years).

Our CRTFs are registered as students of the University of Cambridge (and are therefore subject to meeting the University of Cambridge entrance requirements) and will also hold an honorary contract with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This requires a full GMC license to practise.  For registration with the GMC, please check eligibility here.

CRUK Cambridge Centre CRTFs are based in a variety of laboratories across the CRUK Cambridge Centre, such as University of Cambridge Departments, various sites on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and well-known research institutes within Cambridge. By being part of the CRUK Cambridge Centre, CRTFs will have the potential to work with outstanding clinicians and academics; develop collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotech companies; have access to state-of-the art research facilities; and the opportunity to attend numerous lecture series, workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating and strengthening collaborations between different disciplines and across different departments and institutes. 

Application and selection process

We invite applications from highly motivated and talented clinicians (UK and Overseas* see above condition for Overseas applicants) who have the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.

Submitting your application

To apply online for a Clinical Research Training Fellowship and to view further information about the application process, please visit the University's Vacancies page.

This will take you to the listing on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply Online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a CV and statement of interest (this should include up to two project choices - a first and second choice - from those listed below as well as confirming your eligibility to practice) in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The application deadline is 15 November 2023



Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview in w/c 8 January 2024.

Interview are likely to take place online.

You will be interviewed by a panel of Principal Investigators from the CRUK Cambridge Centre and you will be given the opportunity to disciss your selected project(s). We strongly encourage informal interaction between short-listed candidates and the Principal Investigators and their laboratories before the formal interview.

Following your interview you will be informed of the outcome via email.

If you are successful in securing a Clinical Research Training Fellowship, you will receive a letter of offer informing you that you will now need to apply formally for admission as a PhD student to the University of Cambridge. PhD applications are made using an online Postgraduate Student Application Portal and all relevant application details will be provided in the letter of offer. Full information about how to apply for a PhD place at the University can be found on the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website.

Key dates
• The deadline for applications is 15th November 2023
• Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by late December 2023.
• Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview w/b 8th January 2024.
• Applicants will be notified of the outcome at the beginning of February 2024 and successful applicants will receive a formal letter of offer by mid-February 2024