MRes + PhD studentships 2021

Information for October 2021 non-clinical student applicants - Applications have now closed

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 start in October 2021. Students are welcome to indicate their preferred Programme or project at the time of application, but this is not a requirement. 

A Sample of Available Projects for 2021:

Tracing cellular dynamics during early intestinal transformation

Supervisor: Prof Ben Simons
Second supervisor: Dr Min Kyu Yum
Programme: Aerodigestive Cancers

Identification and validation of the earliest cellular changes in breast tissue from BRCA1 carriers

Supervisor: Dr Walid Khaled
Second supervisor: Dr Jean Abraham
Programme: Breast Cancer

Impact of DNMT3A mutations on monocyte/macrophage function in clonal haemopoiesis and in acute myeloid leukemia

Supervisor: Dr Elisa Laurenti
Second supervisor: 
Programme: Haematological Malignancies

Validating bypass mechanisms of drug resistance to ALK inhibitors in paediatric malignancies

Supervisor: Dr Suzanne Turner
Second supervisor: 
Programme: Paediatric Cancers

Development of an autologous humanised mouse model for investigation of the efficacy of immunotherapies for renal cell carcinoma

Supervisor: Mr Kourosh Saeb-Parsy
Second supervisor: Prof Grant Stewart & Dr Sarah Welsh
Programme: Urological 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 (UK) 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 provides joint funding for up to two Overseas, non-clinical students each academic year.


How to apply
Applications must be made via the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions website.  Applicants can state their preferred Programme or project of interest, if they so wish, and this should be clearly stated as part of your Personal Statement which should be of no more than 2500 characters in length. The deadline for applications is 13th November 2020.

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

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

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

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. If these interviews are held in person, 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. 

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 Postgraduate Training Programme office on