Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Undertake a period of PhD training in
a cancer-relevant field

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 appropriate salary in line with your current salary
  • Receive mentorship and training from world-leading academic clinicians and cancer scientists


Leeds-Manchester Clinical Research Training Fellowships

As part of our Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Award, we have entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Leeds to fund Leeds-Manchester Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs) in academic pathology and clinical trials. CRTFs benefit from research expertise and infrastructure across these institutions and will spend substantial time at both universities. Appointees register for their PhD at the home institution of their lead supervisor. Read about Dr Jim Zhong, a recent graduate of this scheme.

Leeds-Manchester CRTFs are advertised annually in line with our other PhD programmes.

Key information

Find out more about our Clinical Research Training Fellowships.

How to apply
Fees and funding
Eligibility criteria

Anu Datta

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.


Helen Clarke

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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