Opportunities for PhD students and postdoc researchers

We're committed to supporting the next generation of cancer researchers, and our community includes around 550 PhD students and 750 postdoctoral researchers. Our researchers benefit from support including networking groups and events, training, travel grants, and opportunities to begin developing their independent research careers.


Find a PhD or postdoc

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Recruitment for PhD studentships and postdoctoral positions is managed independently by the Institutes, Centres and investigators that we fund around the UK. If you are interested in studying or working with us, we advise you to:

Benefits of studying and working with us

As a CRUK-funded student or researcher you will have access to our networking, training and other career development opportunities, including:

  • Networking meeting for new PhD students

  • "Communicating your research" training workshops

  • Careers day for students nearing the end of their PhD

  • Annual postdoctoral researchers networking meeting

  • Annual clinical researchers meeting

Pre-doctoral Research Bursary

Our Research Bursary provides short-term funding to allow clinicians and other health professionals to get involved in research projects early in their career.

Clinical research training fellowship PhDs

We fund Clinical Research Training Fellowships at each of our translational research Centres. Clinical trainees seeking PhD opportunities should contact Centres directly.

Postdoctoral Research Bursary for Clinical Trainees

This award offers funding for clinical trainees to remain active in research after completion of a PhD.


More career development opportunities

Research Careers

We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.


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Stay up to date with research and career development opportunities at CRUK with our monthly Research Update email newsletter.

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