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Cancer Research UK/ Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme

The ICR is delighted to have renewed our Cancer Research UK Centre status as a result of our successful bid for Wellcome Trust funding.

Our clinical PhD fellowships are funded through our Cancer Research UK Centre and Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD programme to develop and support future leaders in clinical cancer research.

Applicants from a range of clinical specialities are invited to apply, including oncology, paediatrics, radiology, surgery, and anaesthesia.

You will receive expert supervision from the ICR’s top-class faculty and participate in the highly successful translational research culture of the ICR and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinicians on this prestigious training programme will also benefit from: 

  • Mentoring from a senior clinical academic to support the transitions between clinical training and research
  • An annual off-site retreat to support clinicians to integrate as a cohort and enhance their academic and transferable skills.
  • A full programme of training tailored to the needs of the individual, including statistics, research methods, bioinformatics, laboratory skills, research integrity, academic writing and flexibly-delivered online training including Research Clinician and Perspectives in Oncology.
  • Access to our bespoke Clinical Academic Career Development programme, run through the ICR/RMH Biomedical Research Centre.
  • The ICR/RMH flagship Pathway to Independence - Clinical Academics in Cancer Research residential programme, providing intensive coaching to prepare you for academic independence and applications for clinician scientist awards.
  • Bridge funding for six months protected research time after the PhD to provide time to finish writing papers and prepare for further research funding applications.


Project list

We are currently advertising 4 projects for one funded place. However we will be advertising projects for the upcoming 2020 intake this Autumn (2019, dates to be confirmed). Please check this page regularly for the upcoming projects or email [email protected] for further information.

Details of eligibility and how to apply are linked at the end of this webpage.

Important dates:

  • You must contact supervisors by Tuesday 14 May 2019. For full instructions on how to do this click here
  • The deadline for full applications / joint proposals is Monday 17 June 2019.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend a panel interview on Friday 5 July 2019.


PROJECT 1: Investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying cancer immunotherapy

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PROJECT 2: Understanding the dark matter of colorectal cancer genetics

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PROJECT 3: Understanding the role of the tumour microenvironment (TME) in clonal evolution

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PROJECT 4: Understanding the role of therapeutic pressure on Ki67 changes in ER+HER2+ tumour evolution and response to therapy

 View project proposal

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