What is a Clinical Research Training Fellowship?
Clinical research is critical to accelerating discoveries from the laboratory into clinical practice. That’s why we are committed to training the next generation of clinical researchers so they are equipped with the skills and expertise to enable them to succeed.
Our Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs) allow clinicians to undertake a period of full-time PhD training in a cancer-relevant field.
Our fellowships typically last for three years, but can last for up to four years, and it is expected that you will return to a training programme in the UK after completing your research degree.
Why do a Clinical Research Training Fellowship?
- Graduate with a PhD in a cancer-relevant field
- Gain the skills, knowledge and training to become a future clinical researcher
- Have your PhD tuition fees paid, along with an annual stipend in line with your current salary
- Receive mentorship and training from world-leading academic clinicians and cancer scientists
Find out more about our Clinical Research Training Fellowships.
Our Clinical Research Training Fellowship opportunities for 2024 entry have now closed.
To be considered for our CRTF projects, you must submit a formal online application form.
Full details on how to apply can be found on the CRUK Manchester Centre PhD Training Scheme (MCRC) website.
We encourage all candidates to make contact with supervisors who they are interested in working with on postgraduate research programmes.
Our Clinical Research Training Fellowships are usually funded for three years but in certain circumstances may be funded for four years.
The fellowship covers:
- PhD project running costs
- University tuition fees (at the UK rate, with some scholarships available for high-performing EU/International candidates)
- An appropriate salary in line with your current salary
Funding and eligibility vary depending on the programme available and we encourage you to check with the relevant scheme ahead of applying.
The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK.
We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries to high-performing EU and international candidates, covering PhD fees only. Bursaries do not include financial support for visa/health surcharges.
We assessed each EU and international candidate’s suitability for a bursary at the application and interview stages.
You must be a post-registration clinician, and ideally have a specialist post in a related subject, to apply for our Clinical Research Training Fellowships.
You should also hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. A related master’s degree would be an advantage.
It is generally expected that CRTFs will return to a training programme in the UK upon completion of their research degree.
International applicants (including EU nationals) must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English Language) before contacting potential supervisors to express an interest in their project. Eligibility information can be found on the University’s Country Specific information page.
Meet Anu Datta, a Clinical Research Training Fellow. In his PhD project, he’s investigating if genetic and imaging biomarkers can optimise patient stratification when receiving curative radiotherapy for cervical cancer.
Meet Helen Clarke, a Clinical Research Training Fellow, jointly funded by Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research. In her PhD project, she’s aiming to define the molecular impact of total dietary replacement in endometrial and breast tissues.
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