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Please read the entry requirements before applying. Admissions to all ICR research degree programmes are governed by the ICR Admissions Policy and Procedure (PDF).

CRUK Clinical Academic Training Programme – ICR-Imperial

One highly competitive fellowship for a clinical PhD is available in 2020. It will be awarded through a competitive application process. It will be ICR based.

The process for applying is: 

Stage 1 

  • Where you have found one or more more projects aligned with your research interests, download and fill out the Initial Contact Form (PDF / word document
    Attach it in an introductory email to the relevant primary supervisor(s) expressing your interest in jointly developing a project proposal for the full application. Please copy in the registry department [email protected] 
  • Email addresses for contacting supervisors follow the formats [email protected] or [email protected]. These can also be found looking at the searcher's pages linked in the project lists
  • Deadline 1: The deadline for applications to supervisors is Monday 29 June 2020 
    Please email supervisors as soon as possible to allow time for your application to be considered.

Stage 2

  • Supervisors will select one candidate and invite them to make a joint application. If selected you will be asked to complete a Clinical Fellowship Application Form available from [email protected]
  • The form will be completed jointly with the supervisor based on a project you have developed together and submitted by email to [email protected]
  • Deadline 2: The deadline for full submitting full applications is Monday 27 July 2020


  • Shortlisted applicants will be informed on the week commencing Monday 10th August
  •  They will be asked to attend a panel interview. This will on Thursday 27th August and will be held remotely
  • References will be contacted in advance of the shortlisting stage. 

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


PhD and MD(Res) – General applications

Prior to applying for a research degree at the ICR outside of the advertised funded programmes, candidates and their supervisors should discuss the appropriateness of the project and the candidates preference for either a PhD or an MD(Res). 

Full funding for the duration of the research degree must be available (for full-time students this constitutes two years for MD(Res) and three years for a PhD; or the equivalent pro rata for part-time). 

As soon as you are considering undertaking a research degree, please inform [email protected] who can explain the full process and requirements, which are summarised below.

To apply for a PhD or MD(Res), first you will need to approach a potential supervisor and agree on a research topic and protocol outline.

Then you will need to complete the following forms:

  • Complete the ICR application form, which can be obtained by emailing [email protected];
  • Write a protocol outline and discuss this with your potential supervisor, before it is approved by their Head of Division.
  • Your potential supervisor must complete a supervisor form.

Additionally, you must send:

  • written confirmation from the relevant ICR Head of Division, or Royal Marsden Hospital Department Head, confirming that there is full funding in place for a minimum of two years;
  • copies of certificates of academic qualifications;
  • evidence of ethical approval for the project if required;
  • copy of passport, visa (if applicable) or national ID card (EU only);
  • evidence of proficiency in English, i.e. TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable).

Prior to registration, applicants for PhD or MD(Res) degrees are required to meet with a member of the Academic Dean’s team for a “pre-registration” chat.

At this meeting, the applicant and member of the Dean’s team will discuss the project, look at the supervisory team and discuss the programme in detail to ensure the project is appropriate for the PhD / MD(Res) programme.

PhD studentships

Applications for PhD studentships are now open. We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research. The next deadline for applications is 27 September.

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