Black Leaders in Cancer PhD Scholarship Programme
About this scheme
Our programme is aimed at students from Black heritage backgrounds pursuing a PhD in cancer-related fields.
This scheme is open to people who self-identify as being from a Black heritage background, including a mixed background, for example: Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other, Mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black backgrounds).
You must also meet the general entry requirements for the PhD programme at a Cancer Research UK Centre, which typically include:
hold or expect to graduate with a first or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (or equivalent from a non-UK university)
have appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, an undergraduate or masters degree course in a relevant subject
meet English language requirements as set by host institution
Please read our frequently asked questions for more information on eligibility.
About the programme
As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Research, we have developed this programme in consultation with our research community and in close collaboration with our expert partners, Black in Cancer and the Windsor Fellowship.
We plan to grow the programme over time and will review it to consider expanding eligibility to other groups which are also underrepresented in our research community.
Read our interview with the programme leads to find out how programmes like this can help create a more diverse and inclusive research community.
You will be provided with:
a fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship (non-clinical) according to our standard PhD funding rates including stipend, research consumables and UK home tuition fees
a place on one of the doctoral training programmes at one of our Centres
a comprehensive programme of mentoring, career support, leadership training and networking led by the Windsor Fellowship and Black in Cancer, in addition to the support provided by our Centres, to drive your career forward and realise your full potential to beat cancer
Four studentship places are available for our second round starting in September 2024. Two of these will be at our City of London Centre and two at our Cambridge Centre.
How to apply to this scheme
Before applying, please read our eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions. We also recommend attending one of our informational insight sessions.
To apply, we ask you to:
Submit a formal application to the Windsor Fellowship (opens from October 2023)
- Apply for your PhD studentship by submitting a PhD application to either our City of London Centre or our Cambridge Centre (both applications opening from October 2023)
If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to attend an interview at one of these Centres.
- 21 September: insight session
- 11 October: insight session
- from October applications via Windsor Fellowship and the Centres
- 9 November: City of London Centre applications close
- 15 November: Cambridge Centre applications close
- January 2024: Centre interviews
- September 2024: PhD starts for successful applicants