Cancer Research UK Clinical PhDs at the University of Birmingham

A prestigious Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Programme, led by Professor Gary Middleton, offering fully funded clinical PhD fellowships, aligned with our cancer focused research from the Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences, the Institute of Immunology & Immunotherapy and the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

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Awarded in April 2019, the Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Programme in Birmingham will fund 10 Clinical Research Training Fellowships and eight Intercalated MBPhD studentships over five years.

Our vision

We aim to be a leading centre for the development of the next generation of academic clinicians and clinician scientists working towards curing cancer. We want at least 20% of our consultant workforce in oncology to be academic clinicians and for every multidisciplinary team to have an academic clinician as a core member.

Why does this matter? View the below video to find out what clinical research and trials mean to patients.

Day in the life of a Professor of Medical Oncology

Our Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Programme provides an outstanding opportunity for early career training in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment, and 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, including high impact publications, novel therapeutic strategies and clinical trial concepts, are viewed as strategically important for the development of translational cancer research in Birmingham.

Kick-start your career at the University of Birmingham as a clinical PhD fellow and help to make it one of the UK’s most successful sites for translationally oriented cancer research.

Studentship details

Applications are invited annually for clinical PhD studentships. Applicants should have a strong commitment to research, excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to take part in public engagement activities. Successful applicants are also expected to have a strong academic track record, experience in laboratory research and be highly motivated and ambitious.

Funding: Please note that fees are only funded up to UK Home rate, and any difference will need to be self-funded.

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

  • Up to £265,000 over three years, including fees, laboratory running expenses (~£13,500 per year) and salary.  
  • First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject, plus some experience of working in a laboratory is required. Additionally this opportunity is only appropriate to applicants with a medical degree, that are currently undertaking clinical training and are expected to return to clinical training in the UK following completion of the PhD.

Intercalating MBPhDs

  • Three-year studentships provide full funding for PhD tuition fees, laboratory running expenses (~£13,500 per year) and stipend (£21,000 per year). 
  • This opportunity is currently only open to students studying at the University of Birmingham. Applicants should have completed at least two years of an MBChB or one year of the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course. Applicants should also have completed or be completing an intercalating degree, or for GEM students only, have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.

Funding note: Fees are only funded up to UK Home rate, and any difference will need to be self-funded.

Scientific focus

Projects cover the three core themes of Immunology, Genomics and the Tumour Microenvironment.

Scientific focus


How to apply

The 2024 application process is now open. Application deadline is 8th April 2024. 

How to apply


Leadership and Governance

Find out who the members are for our Clinical Academic Training Programme Management Group. 

Leadership and Governance

Our student cohort

Find out more about our recent graduates and current student cohort.


CRUK Clinical Academic Training Programme - Student Outputs and Achievements 2019 - 2024

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