MRes + PhD studentships 2022

Applications are now closed for entry 2022

Information for October 2022 non-clinical student applicants 

Five CRUK Cambridge Centre MRes + PhD studentships are available for non-clinical applicants, to commence in October 2022. 

Course information is available here:

Students will apply for one of the 5 studentships and, if successful, will start in October 2022. 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 2022:

  • Oncogene-driven remodelling of stem cells and niche cells in the lung

Supervisor: Dr Joe-Hyeon Lee
Programme: Thoracic cancer

  • Development of a radiogenomic framework to explore multi-scale tumour heterogeneity with spacial resolution

Supervisor: Prof Evis Sala
Programme: Advanced Cancer Imaging

  • Investigating the role of steriod-producing immune cells in regulating tumour immune microenvironment of breast cancer 

Supervisor: Dr Bidesh Mahata
Programme: Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Tumour metabolism in 4D

Supervisor: Dr Richard Mair
Programme: Neuro-oncology

  • Investigating the molecular crosstalk between hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) signalling and mitochondria in renal cancers

Supervisor: Prof Margaret Ashcroft
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 words in length. The deadline for applications is 15th November 2021.

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 2021.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a day of interviews either online or at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute on w/b 10th January 2022. 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. 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their interview at the beginning of February 2022 and successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by mid-February 2022

The DEADLINE for applications is 15th November 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