Application process

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If you want to apply, you must be able to answer 'yes' to all of the following:

  1. Do you have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 in your undergraduate degree (in any discipline)?
  2. Do you have the permanent right to live and work in the UK without restriction? Or are you entitled to apply or have an outstanding application for a valid work permit?
  3. Have you achieved success outside of your academic career through work experience, internships, summer placements, voluntary experience or positions of responsibility at university?
  4. If applying for the Scientific Strategy and Funding stream, do you hold a degree in a natural, physical or life science?

Applications for the 2018 Cancer Research UK Graduate Scheme are now closed. The application process for the 2019 intake will open this autumn, but please check the website for other roles and ways to get involved.

Stage 1. Online application

To start the application process, you'll need to fill in an online form, upload your CV and complete a series of competency based questions. In your CV please include examples of paid work experience, voluntary positions or university held positions.

We’ll send you an update on your application by late December.

Stage 2. Telephone/Skype interview

If successful on initial application, the next step will be for you to take part in a telephone/Skype interview with two of our assessors. This is a great opportunity for us to have an initial interaction with you directly so we can discuss your motivations and experience for our scheme.

These should take place in late January and will typically take up to 40 minutes.

Stage 3. Assessment Centre

If you’re successful at this point, you’ll be invited to come to our London offices for an assessment day. This will be a full day which will consist of a group exercise, written exercise and an interview with talent sponsors from the relevant area of the business. It’s also a great opportunity to see where we work and meet some of our current graduates to talk about their experience.

These will take place mid-February

Stage 4. Psychometric Assessment and Final Stage

If you're successful at this point, our top candidates will be invited to the final stage of the selection process involving a psychometric assessment, presentation and interview with senior talent sponsors from the relevant area of the business. 

The final stage should take place at the end of February.

Stage 5. Offer stage

Following the final stage we will be in a position to make offers to our new Graduates and provide feedback to all candidates that made it to that stage. 

We understand that a Graduate Scheme isn't for everyone. However, every year we recruit over 200 entry level roles into our organisation. To find out more about these, click here.

Applications now closed

We're no longer taking applications to our Graduate Scheme but take a look at other ways you can get involved at CRUK.

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Nina - Head of Internal Communications

"As a whole, the graduate scheme has been really influential in shaping my career.  I learnt so much about the Charity and was able to build-up my internal network, which continues to be useful to this day."