MRes + PhD studentships available for 2021

Information for October 2021 non-clinical student applicants - Applications will open on 1st October 2020

Five CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD studentships are available for non-clinical applicants, to commence in October 2021. 

Course information is available here:

Students will apply for one of the 5 studentships and, if successful, will subsequently choose their two projects before arriving in October 2021. Students are welcome to indicate their preferred Programme at the time of application, but this is not a requirement. 


Examples of some of the available projects from last year:

Developing a clinical decision support system for ovarian and kidney cancer
Supervisor: Prof Pietro Lio

Second supervisor: Prof Evis Sala
Programme: Advanced Cancer Imaging

Characterisation of the substrates of Fbxl17, a new tumour suppressor gene in breast cancer
Supervisor: Dr Heike Laman

Second supervisor: Prof Carlos Caldas
Programme: Breast Cancer

Novel approaches to interrogating and modulating GPCR signalling as an anti-cancer therapeutic approach
Supervisor: Prof Laura Itzhaki

Second supervisor: Dr Graham Ladds
Programme: Cell & Molecular Biology

Role of PI3Kδ in B cell lymphoma
Supervisor: Prof Klaus Okkenhaug

Second supervisor: 
Programme: Haematological Malignancies

Secreted protein aggregates for early cancer detection
Supervisor: Prof David Klenerman 

Second supervisor: Prof Kevin Brindle
Programme: Early Dectection

Multiple Primary Urological Malignancies: A Genetic Study
Supervisor: Dr James Whitworth

Second supervisor: Prof Eamonn Maher
Programme: Urological Malignancies

Detecting early events in adaptive immunity to cancer metastasis
Supervisor: Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri

Second supervisor: Prof Klaus Okkenhaug
Programme: Cell & Molecular Biology / Haematological Malignancies

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. By being part of the Centre, students will also have the opportunity to attend a number of lecture series, workshops and meetings aimed at facilitating and strengthening collaborations between complimentary disciplines and across different departments and institutes.

The CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD studentships include full funding from Cancer Research UK to cover the University Composition Fee (at Home/EU rate), a travel and consumables budget, and a generous stipend, which is currently £19,000 per annum. In addition, the CRUK Cambridge Centre and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust provide joint funding for one overseas, non-clinical student each academic year.


How to apply
Applications, including a CV and a Personal Statement (2,500 word limit), must be made via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website Applicants can state their preferred Programme of interest, if they so wish, and this should be clearly stated as part of your Personal Statement. The deadline for applications is 13th November 2020.

You do NOT need to apply for funding with your application.

We invite applications from UK, EU and non-EU students for these non-clinical studentships. Please ensure you meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements. 

If you are a clinical student you need to apply for a Clinical Research Training Fellowship via the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities website.

Interview and selection process
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email by late December 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a day of interviews at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute on w/b 11th January 2021. Reasonable travel costs and one night's stay in a hotel will be reimbursed with prior authorisation.

You will be interviewed by the Training Programme Directors and a panel of Principal Investigators from the CRUK Cambridge Centre and you will be given the opportunity to visit the relevant department(s) or institute(s) for your Programmes of interest. 

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

Key dates
• The deadline for applications is 13th November 2020
• Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by late December 2020.
• Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview w/b 11th January 2021.
• Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their interview at the beginning of February 2020 and successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by mid-February 2021

If you have general enquiries about the CRUK Cambridge Centre non-clinical MRes + PhD studentships or the application process, please contact the CRUK Cambridge Centre Graduate Training Programe office on