Black Leaders in Cancer PhD Scholarship Programme

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Research area
All research areas
Funding period
4 years
This programme aims to help develop the next generation of Black leaders in cancer research.

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 CRUK 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

During this first pilot year, a total of four PhD scholarships will be available in 2023. 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.  

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 a CRUK Centre

  • 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 the CRUK Centres, to drive your career forward and realise your full potential to beat cancer

Four studentship places are available for our first round starting in September 2023. Two of these will be at the CRUK City of London Centre and two at the CRUK Cambridge Centre.

How to apply to this scheme

Before applying, please read our eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions. 

To apply, we ask you to: 

Express your interest 

  • You'll then receive an invitation to attend one of our virtual Insight Sessions, an interactive webinar where you can find out about life as a PhD student and get tips and advice on how to successfully apply to a PhD Programme.
  • Our 2022 Insight Sessions have now taken place and further expressions of interest are closed for this cycle.

Apply to the Black Leaders in Cancer PhD Scholarship programme 

Apply for your PhD studentship 

  • You'll be invited to submit a PhD application to either the CRUK City of London Centre or the CRUK Cambridge Centre 
  •  If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to attend an interview at one of these Centres 

Timeline summary

  • 19 July: Expression of interest opens 
  • 20-21 September: Insight Sessions 
  • September / October: Apply via Windsor Fellowship 
  • early October: Centre applications open 
  • 10 / 15 November: Centre applications close 
  • January 2023: Centre interviews
  • September 2023: PhD starts for successful applicants 

If you have any questions about the Black Leaders in Cancer PhD scholarship programme, please get in touch with: 

Dr Silvia Panico 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Have any questions about this programme?


Why is diversity important in research?

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Equality, diversity and inclusion in research

We're taking steps to develop a more diverse and inclusive research community and tackle systemic issues like underrepresentation and racial bias.