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.

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Application Process and Timelines

Applications for our Clinical Research Training Fellowships to commence in 2023, including Leeds-Manchester CRTFs, have now closed.


For prospective students who submitted applications, please see below for the timelines on key milestones for your application:

  • Applications Deadline: 21st November 2022
  • Interviews: Friday 13th January 2023
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowship start date: September 2023


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. They should 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. We encourage all candidates to make contact with supervisors who they are interested in working with on postgraduate research programmes.


International Candidates

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 studentships covering PhD fees only to be awarded to international applicants. Studentships will be awarded to high-performing EU and international candidates. These will be assessed on candidate quality at application and interview stages. These bursaries do not include financial support for visa/health surcharges and candidates should contact to discuss this if necessary.


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:

Simon Reeds
Postgraduate Programme Manager


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