Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Undertake a period of PhD training in a cancer-relevant field

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What is a Clinical Research Training Fellowship?

Our Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs) allow clinicians to undertake a period of full-time PhD training in a cancer-relevant field.

You must be a post-registration clinician, and ideally have a specialist post in a related subject, to apply for our Clinical Research Training Fellowships.

You should also contact any supervisors you are interested in working with before submitting your application.

Our fellowships typically last for three years, but can last for up to four years, and it is expected that you will return to a training programme in the UK after completing your research degree.

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Fees and funding

Our CRTF are usually funded for three years and the fellowship covers:

  • PhD project running costs
  • University tuition fees (at the UK rate, with some scholarships available for high-performing EU/International candidates)
  • An appropriate salary in line with your current salary

Funding and eligibility vary depending on the programme available and we encourage you to check with the relevant scheme ahead of applying.


Explore the current CRTF opportunities available in Manchester:

4Ward North Programme
Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre CRTFs
Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute CRTFs
Leeds-Manchester CRTFs
Medical Research Council (MRC) Doctoral Training Partnership
NIHR Clinical Lectureship
NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) PhD studentships
Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme

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

Why study in Manchester?

Manchester is the ideal place to start the next phase of your cancer research academic career. Study with us and you’ll learn from world-leading researchers, have access to cutting edge facilities, and pioneer your own research discoveries to help in our fight against cancer.

Clinical research is vital in helping accelerate discoveries from the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside. That’s why we support clinical researchers by providing a range of opportunities at every stage of your PhD and help empower you to become a future clinical leader.

Read more about why our students choose to study in Manchester.

Manchester Cancer Research Centre - Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Dr Laura Woodhouse

Dr Laura Woodhouse is doing a Clinical Research Training Fellowship, funded by Cancer Research UK. Her PhD project is looking at the genetic patterns of lung cancer KRAS mutations to help identify alternative treatment options. Find out more about Laura’s experience of studying a CRTF.

Manchester Cancer Research Centre - Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Dr Jim Zhong

Dr Jim Zhong is a CRUK Leeds-Manchester CRTF, who is researching the personalising and re-irradiation of locally recurrent prostate cancer directed by MR imaging and hypoxia biomarkers. Read more about Jim’s experience of undertaking a Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

Clinical Opportunities

Explore our various Clinical PhD Opportunities, including MB-PhDs and Clinical Research Training Fellowships.

Why Manchester?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about studying a PhD