Research training for life science graduates

The Centre offers a number of 4-year PhD studentships, funded by Cancer Research UK, that are designed to give students an opportunity to complete a PhD in one of its wide range of excellent research labs. These provide students with a stipend of £21,000 per year (to cover their living expenses) plus their university matriculation fees and some lab running expenses. Studentships are open to graduates with a very good degree in a life sciences subject, who have an aptitude for experimental work. Studentships typically start in September or October each year with the call for applications opening 7-8 months before.

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates to join a Cancer Research UK funded PhD programme at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, CRUK Scotland Institute and the School of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow. These are funded by the Cancer Research UK Scotland Centre, which brings together cancer scientists and clinicians from across the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, delivering outstanding cancer research and improved patient care. The Cancer Research UK PhD programme is integrated into the research activities of the Centre with over 80 principal investigators contributing to this cross-disciplinary programme spanning from fundamental science to translational research. Research projects benefit from state-of-the art facilities for genomics, mass spectrometry, advanced microscopy, single cell technologies, and from advanced computational and informatics capabilities.

Application procedure

Up to 2 studentships are available to start in September or October 2024 for outstanding applicants with a stipend of £21,000 p/a. Successful students will be registered for their degree in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, depending on the project they apply for.

We are looking for students with a very good degree in a Life Sciences subject and an aptitude for experimental work, who are also highly committed to pursuing a PhD and a career in cancer research. You should hold at least an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and comply with English language requirements. This scheme is open to both UK and international applicants.

All applications will be administered centrally via the University of Edinburgh or University of Glasgow, please apply using the links below:

When submitting your application please upload the completed recruitment form.

Closing date: 20th May 2024
Interviews: w/c 17th June 2024