Clinical Research Training Fellowships

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 are open to clinicians who wish to undertake a period of full-time training in a cancer relevant field, leading to the award of a PhD. Applications for these opportunities typically open in the Autumn, with an expected start date the following Spring or Autumn subject to funding and other arrangements.


As part of our CRUK Manchester Centre Clinical Academic Training Programme Award, we have entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Leeds in academic pathology and clinical trials, building on our joint research ambitions and leveraging expertise to also offer collaborative Leeds-Manchester Clinical Research Training Fellowships. Visit Dr Jim Zhong’s profile to learn more about his experiences on this scheme.

Application Process and Timelines

Applications for our Clinical Research Training Fellowships to commence in 2022, including Leeds-Manchester CRTFs, are now closed. 

The timelines for applications for CRTFs were as below: 

  • Week commencing 11th October 2021 – Projects available to review
  • 18th October 2021 –  Applications open on The University of Manchester Website
  • 26th November 2021 – Applications Close
  • 14th January 2022 – Interviews for shortlisted candidates
  • Registration for successful candidates from April 2022


Duration and Funding

Our Clinical Research Training Fellowships are usually tenable for three years, although in certain circumstances they may be four years duration. The fellowship covers:

  • Running costs;
  • University tuition fees (at the UK rate);
  • An appropriate salary in line with the candidate’s current salary.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be post-registration clinicians and ideally, have a specialist post in a related subject. It is generally expected that CRTFs would return to a training programme in the UK upon completion of their research degree. We encourage all candidates to make contact with supervisors who they are interested in working with on postgraduate research programmes.


International applicant eligibility requirements (including EU nationals)

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 that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships for international applicants will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme. International applicants (including EU nationals) must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English Language) as outlined before contacting potential supervisors to express an interest in their project. Eligibility can be checked via the University Country Specific information page.


Application Process

To be considered for our 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.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester and is at the heart of all of our activities. The full equality, diversity and inclusion statement can be found on the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health website.



If you have any queries about the funding, eligibility or application process, please contact:

Dr Georgina Binnie-Wright
Postgraduate Programme Manager


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