CRUK Birmingham Centre Clinical and Non-Clinical PhD Fellowships

cruk-birmingham-logoA prestigious Cancer Research UK-funded doctoral training programme offering fully funded non-clinical and clinical PhD fellowships based at the CRUK Birmingham Centre.


Kick-start your career at the CRUK 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 at the newly funded Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Birmingham Centre

Application Deadline: 2019 application process is now open. Full details available on
Number of Studentships available: Three (two non-clinical and one clinical PhD Fellowship).
Stipend: Non-clinical: £140,000 over four years, including fees, laboratory expenses (£13,500 pa), and stipend (£19,000 pa). Clinical: £256,000 over 3 years, including fees, laboratory expenses, and salary.


Scientific focus 

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



In order to apply you must ensure that you are eligible. 


Application Deadline 

2019 application process is now open.


The CRUK Birmingham Centre

Capitalising on a single biomedical campus comprising the University of Birmingham and key clinical partners including University Hospitals Birmingham, the Centre builds on Birmingham’s integrated scientific and clinical research programmes and aligned clinical trials, which contribute to a cancer research portfolio of ~£25 million per year. The Centre establishes Birmingham as one of the UK’s premier sites for cancer research, and provides an opportunity to deliver internationally significant translational cancer science.

Our mission is to catalyse translationally aligned fundamental discovery science in oncology, and novel therapeutic developments originating from this research, contributing to CRUK’s strategic target of increasing cancer survival rates from 50% to 75% within the next 10 years.

Linked strategically with Birmingham’s Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and UoB’s CRUK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU), the Centre forms part of a vibrant pathway for genuine bench-to-bedside cancer research.

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The CRUK Birmingham Centre PhD Training Programme

The Centre’s PhD programme provides an outstanding opportunity for early career training in this dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. 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. Three prestigious PhD training fellowships are awarded each year, two of which are non-clinical studentships.  Each fellowship provides full funding for student fees, laboratory consumables, and stipend.

Successful applicants will be have a strong academic track record, experience in laboratory research, and will be highly motivated and ambitious.  They will have a collegiate mind set, and as well as benefitting from the diverse expertise, resources and opportunities the Centre studentship programme has to offer, they will be willing to work in partnership with Centre colleagues to promote and publicise the research of the Centre. As part of this, studentships will provide opportunities for science engagement activities in the cancer area.