MRes + PhD studentships 2024

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Applications for admission in  October 2024 are now closed.

The information below will be updated in October 2024 when applications will open for entry in October 2025.

MRes +PhD studentships 2024

Seven (5 +2 Black leaders studentships) CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD studentships are available for non-clinical applicants, to commence in October 2024. 

Course information is available here:

Students will apply for one of the 7 studentships and, if successful, will start in October 2024. Two students of the seven are recruited through the Black Leaders In Cancer PhD Scholarship programme. 

A Sample of Projects offered for 2024:

  • T cell synergy in anti-tumour responses Supervisor: Dr Arianne Richard

  • Engineering AI to map broken and repaired DNA during genome replication Supervisor: Dr Michael Boemo
  • Elucidating the role of Micropeptides in B cell lymphoma Supervisor: Dr Dan Hodson
  • Machine learning and integrative 'omics for multi-cancer risk prediction Supervisor: Dr Siddhartha Kar


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 £21,000 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

In addition to the application form, applicants must upload a personal statement, outlining why they are interested in the CRUK CC MRes+PhD studentships. The statement should be max 1000 words and include 1) What motivates you to choose this course 2) Two research projects (see link on this page) you find interesting and why 3) Something about you and your life experience beyond your academic studies (The statement should be uploaded as a PDF to the online Applicant Portal in the Course Specific Questions section of the course application).

If your fee status is classified as overseas, you must also apply for the University funding competition to obtain funding for the higher fee rate.

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 2023.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a day of interviews in early January 2024. These interviews are likely to be online. However, if the 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. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their interview at the beginning of February 2024 and successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by mid-February 2024

The DEADLINE for applications for entry in 2024 is 15th November 2023

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