Training and fellowships

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Kick-start your career at the Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre as a PhD fellow and help to make it one of the UK’s most successful sites for translationally oriented cancer research. Applications are invited for non-clinical and clinical PhD studentships on an annual basis.

The Centre’s PhD programme provides an outstanding opportunity for early career training in this dynamic, multidisciplinary environment, and is is committed to delivering and strengthening a holistic training pathway, from Masters’ level to mid-stage career researcher. In addition, delivery of high quality research outputs from these studentships (high impact publications, novel therapeutic strategies and clinical trial concepts) is viewed as strategically critical for the Centre. Dr Clare Davies leads the non-clinical training, and Professor Gary Middleton is the Clinical Training Lead. 

Four prestigious PhD training fellowships (two non-clinical and two clinical) are awarded each year. Each fellowship provides full funding for student fees, laboratory consumables, and stipend. In addition, two MB-PhD studentships are awarded each year as part of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Programme award.

Early Career Researcher development is supported by tailor-made career development programmes at the University, facilitating progression, and developing leadership potential and impact. This includes the new SUSTAIN Leadership Development Programme to develop skills and confidence in aspiring leaders, particularly staff with demographic characteristics currently underrepresented at senior levels.

Find out more about our fellowships 

Find out more about our Intercalated MB-PhD 

Find out more about our Clinical Research Training fellowship

Read about our current students