Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Training for a Clinical PhD

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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.

Clinical Research in Manchester

In Manchester, we have long recognised the value clinical researchers bring in helping us to achieve our vision of creating a cancer free future. That is why we support clinical researchers by providing a range of opportunities at every stage of their development process, empowering them to become future clinical leaders.


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What is a Clinical Research Training Fellowship?

A Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) is awarded to enable a clinician to undertake a period of full-time training in a cancer relevant field, leading to the award of PhD.


Fellowships in Manchester are typically three years in duration, but can last four years. Funding and eligibility vary depending on the programme available, and we encourage applicants to check with the relevant scheme ahead of applying. Clinical fellowship opportunities available in Manchester include:


Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre CRTFs

The CRUK Manchester Centre offers Clinical Research Training Fellowships to any post-registration clinician wishing to undertake a period of full-time training in a cancer relevant field. 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.


Visit the Clinical Research Training Fellowships webpage on the CRUK Manchester Centre website to find out more about our clinical training programmes.


Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute Fellowships

The CRUK Manchester Institute (CRUK MI) is one of four core-funded CRUK research institutes across the UK. Anyone wishing to undertake a fellowship at the Institute is encouraged to apply for their own funding, via a Research or Career Development Fellowship. If you are interested in applying for a Research Fellowship, please contact the group leader whose research interests most accurately reflect your own; those seeking Career Development Fellowships should contact the Institute Director.


A list of schemes and further information can be found on the CRUK MI website:  Fellowships at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, with the latest opportunities advertised on the Job Marker portal.


4Ward North Programme

The 4Ward North Clinical PhD Academy was set up by the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield to raise the quality of clinical academic research training in Northern England. As part of the Academy, 25 Clinical PhD Fellowships will be funded over five years, hosted at one of the four institutions.


Further details on the Academy and the application process can be found on the 4Ward North website.


NIHR Clinical Lectureship

The NIHR Clinical Lectureship is a post-doctoral award providing a clinical and academic training environment for doctors to establish themselves as independent researchers and leaders. Applicants must have full General Medical Council (GMC) registration and a National Training Number (NTN) in a relevant clinical specialty, based in the UK NHS. Further eligibility criteria are available on the Integrated Clinical Academic Training website.


The post is made up of 50% clinical training and 50% academic research. Recruitment at Manchester takes place twice a year in June and October, to be in post by 31st March. Appointments are for the duration of remaining specialty training (until completion of training) or for a maximum of four years, whichever is soonest.


Those with an interest in applying are strongly encouraged to consult with the Academic Programme Lead and Deanery Training Programme Director, and should arrange an informal discussion with the Clinical Lectureship Programme Director, Dr Jenny Myers (

A Day in the Life of an MCRC Clinical Research Training Fellow

Anu is a Clinical Research Training Fellow in cancer research. This 'Day in the Life' gives us a glimpse into what it is like to be a PhD student in Manchester.

Screen grab of Anu Datta, a Clinical Research Training Fellow

Christie International Fellowship Programme

The Christie's prestigious multidisciplinary International Fellowship Programme allows exceptional candidates from every discipline to work within a disease-related group at the world-renowned Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

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