Scientific PhD Studentships at The Institute of Cancer Research New

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Job Description

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is the UK’s leading academic research centre and a member institution of the University of London. Our highly competitive and prestigious PhD studentships enable science graduates to carry out cutting-edge cancer research alongside world leading scientists.

Each year at the ICR we offer around 20 fully funded PhD studentships

We are committed to attracting and developing the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

Applications for PhDs are invited from talented graduates or final year undergraduates. We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. We particularly welcome British applicants from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are underrepresented at PhD level within the ICR and nationwide

Studentship funding is typically for a period of up to four years, and comes from the ICR and funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, industrial partners, and other charities.


The majority of our PhD studentships are fully funded, meaning students receive an annual stipend, currently £21,000 per annum (tax free), as well as having tuition fees (both UK and EU/overseas) and project costs covered for the four-year duration.

Our PhD students are an integral part of the research team. Like all of our scientists, PhD students at the ICR benefit from all that our dedicated research sites at Chelsea and Sutton in London have to offer – working in a unique multidisciplinary environment alongside world leaders in cancer research and clinicians from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and with access to state-of-the-art facilities and the support of expert technical staff.

Job Requirements

We consider applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our students.

To be eligible for registration for the degree of MPhil/ PhD, you should have:

  • a degree in a relevant subject, passed with First Class or Upper Second Class honours
  • or a Masters degree in a relevant subject
  • or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard to the above
  • or an MPhil in a relevant field
  • And you must have experience of research work relevant to the post

If your first language is not English:

  • you must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in English to the equivalent of an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6 in any one component;
  • or within the last two years in a majority English speaking country, have either education experience in English for a minimum of 1 year; or work experience in English for a minimum of 18 months and be able to satisfy Home Office visa criteria where necessary.

How To Apply

To view the PhD studentship project we are currently recruiting for and details on how to apply using our online recruitment portal, please go to Please ensure that you read and follow the application instructions very carefully.

Please note we only accept applications via the online application system

Applications close at 11:55pm UK time on 14 November 2021

PhD Application Workshop

We will be hosting an online Application Workshop on Thursday 21st October, 1-2pm. This free workshop will provide prospective students with information, advice and guidance on the PhD application process directly from the ICR Academic Lead for Recruitment and current ICR students. Places are limited so please sign up ASAP. Prospective students can register their place at

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