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PhDs for science graduates

Our highly competitive and prestigious PhD studentships enable science graduates to carry out cutting-edge cancer research alongside world leading scientists.

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Each year at the ICR we offer around 20 fully funded PhD studentships.

Our main round of recruitment is now open.

We are committed to attracting and developing the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

Studentship funding is typically for a period of up to four years, and comes from the ICR and funding bodies such as Cancer Research UK, industrial partners, and other charities.

Our PhD students are an integral part of the research team. Like all of our scientists, PhD students at the ICR benefit from all that our dedicated research sites at Chelsea and Sutton in London have to offer – working in a unique multidisciplinary environment alongside world leaders in cancer research and clinicians from The Royal Marsden, and with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the support of expert technical staff.

Our main round of recruitment for PhD studentships opens on Monday 22 October 2018.

The closing date for applications is Monday 19 November 2018, by 5pm UK time.

Course essentials

PhD studentships - main round


There may also be further individual studentships advertised throughout the year, outside of the ICR's main recruitment round. These studentships have a separate application process.

Currently we have the following available:

Joint Imperial and ICR studentships

To register your interest for future PhD fellowship opportunities, please email [email protected].

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