ACED Early Detection PhD studentship 2021

Applications for 2021 have now closed.

Find out more about the ACED Early Detection PhD Studentship 2022.


One non-clinical PhD studentship is available for non-clinical applicants through the International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED).

Students will apply for the studentship, stating their preferred project from the list below and, if successful, will start in October 2021 (please note this PhD studentship does not include an MRes rotation year). Click on the project titles for full project outlines.

Available Projects for 2021:

MultiSpectral Endoscopy (MuSE) for early cancer detection

Supervisor: Prof Sarah Bohndiek, Department of Physics
Second supervisor: Dr Massimiliano di Pietro, Addenbrookes Hospital

Lectin arrays for electrochemical detection of dysplastic cell binding

Supervisor: Dr Roisin M. Owens, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Second supervisor: Prof. Rebecca Fitzgerald, Department of Oncology

Artificial intelligence (AI) for automated early detection of renal cancer

Supervisor: Prof Evis Sala, Department of Radiology / Prof Carola Schönlieb, DAMTP
Second supervisor: Dr Sam Stranks Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology/Physics

How to apply

Applicants should apply for a PhD in Oncology. Applicants may state their preferred project of interest, from the three listed above, if they so wish, and this should be clearly stated as part of the Personal Statement.

The deadline for applications is 13th November 2020.

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

The CRUK Cambridge Centre 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.

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 about Clinical Research Fellowships for 2021 is 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