ACED Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Closing date: 16/09/2022

ACED Clinical Research Training Fellowship (PhD)

ACED Clinical Research Training Fellowship to support a three-year PhD research project in cancer early detection at The University of Manchester

The International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, UCL, Canary Center at Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU, and The University of Manchester.

Earlier detection of cancer offers the greatest opportunity to deliver improvements in successful outcomes for patients. ACED aims to accelerate cancer early detection research by bringing together the best researchers across the UK and US.

We are looking for talented and motivated clinical doctors who have a strong academic background and are passionate about research in cancer early detection.

Details of the Fellowship

ACED is committed to training the next generation of early detection clinician scientists providing a supportive training environment and a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach to training. One CRUK ACED funded clinical fellowship, commencing in autumn 2023, will be available at each of the Manchester and UCL ACED Centres.

Following an initial expression of interest, invited candidates will co-develop a 3-year research project focused on early detection of primary cancer with their chosen supervisor as the basis of their fellowship application. Successful fellows will be based in their primary supervisor’s research group where their PhD will be registered, with an opportunity to select a co-supervisor from another ACED Centre.

ACED PhD students also benefit from:

  • Dedicated ACED early detection training programme
  • Programme of virtual events
  • Early Detection Summer School
  • Annual Early Detection of Cancer Conference


2022/23 Application Process

Throughout the application process, applicants should demonstrate ownership of their research project, a strong interest in early detection research and intention to pursue a clinical academic career. Invited candidates will be responsible for co-developing their research project with their chosen supervisor for their application.

Stage 1 – Candidate expression of interest (deadline Friday 16th September 2022)

University of Manchester ACED Clinical Research Fellow Supervisors 2022/23

Stage 2 – invited candidates submit full application (Friday 2nd December)

  • Invited candidates and their chosen supervisor co-develop 3-year research project and submit full application.
  • Following peer review, shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by an ACED selection panel as part of a competitive interview process.


Eligibility and Funding

Eligible candidates must hold a medical degree (MBBS or other registrable primary qualification in medicine) with relevant clinical experience and be eligible for full registration with the General Medical Council. Applications from candidates from all medical and surgical specialties are welcome; candidates at consultant grade (post-CCT qualification) will not be considered. Previous relevant research experience is desirable but not essential.

Students must have UK “Home” status for fee purposes (UK National or have EU “pre-settled” or “settled” status). Funding will not cover international fees and self-funding of the international portion of tuition fees will not be eligible. See the UKCISA website for more information on home fee status. Funding includes PhD tuition fees at the UK home rate, salary commensurate with stage of training at time of starting the PhD and research running expenses.


How to Apply

To apply, complete the online Expression of Interest form. Candidates invited to submit a full application will be contacted by their chosen supervisor after the deadline date.

If you have any queries please contact Dr Martin Bone, Manchester ACED Programme Manager (


Key Dates:

  • Expression of interest deadline: Friday 16th September 2022
  • Full application deadline: Friday 2nd December 2022
  • Interview date: week commencing 27th February 2023
  • Fellowship start: Autumn 2023

About ACED Manchester

ACED is a £55 million partnership between world-leading early detection institutes and organisations dedicated to improving the early detection of cancer.

Research Themes

ACED Manchester's research is prioritised across three key research themes and several disease sites.

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