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PhDs for science graduates

Applications are now open for PhD studentships commencing 2018.

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Our next big discovery could be you

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is currently recruiting for fully-funded PhD studentships, to commence study in October 2018. Successful candidates will undertake a four-year research training programme under the guidance of a supervisory team of our world-class researchers.

Students receive an annual stipend, currently £21,000 per annum, as well as having fees and laboratory/project costs paid for the four-year duration. The ICR is a college of the University of London and awards degrees of the University.

Our PhD students are an integral part of the research team. We don't just train students to carry out cutting-edge cancer research; we enable and guide them as they make their own discoveries and help to defeat cancer.

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, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the support of expert technical staff.

We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research

Applications are invited from talented graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent, or a Master’s degree.


Details of all available projects can be accessed below.  The application form will allow you to select three project preferences. Read our Application Information page to see full eligibility criteria and complete the online application form.

The closing date is 9pm on Monday 20 November 2017.

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Available PhD Projects

Our studentships are funded from a range of sources. The PhD projects we are recruiting to this year include those funded by:

The Institute of Cancer Research and the Cancer Research UK Centre

These projects are funded by ICR core funding and Cancer Research UK. The Cancer Research UK Centre is a strategic partnership between Cancer Research UK, the ICR and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust which aims to enhance translational research.

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National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre 

These translational studentships are clinically focussed projects supporting the translational work of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research.   

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The Cancer Research Centre of Excellence

The Cancer Research Centre of Excellence (CRCE) is a strategic partnership between Imperial College London and The Institute of Cancer Research

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MRC industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships in Enabling Integrated Drug Discovery

This programme offers an exciting opportunity to train as a researcher with exposure to and understanding of integrated interdisciplinary drug discovery in both academia and industry. Our industrial partners for 2018 are AstraZeneca and Merck.

Applications for these three studentships are now open. 

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A full list of all projects is also available. The links will take you through to details about individual projects and supervisory teams.

View the full list of projects

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