ACED PhD Studentship: 4-year PhD programme in Cancer Early Detection 2022

International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection PhD Studentship

4-year PhD programme in Cancer Early Detection at Cambridge University

The International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, University College London, the Canary Center at Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU and the University of Manchester.

We are seeking candidates with an outstanding academic record in a discipline relevant to early detection research e.g: biochemistry/molecular biology, biophysics, computer science, engineering, epidemiology, public health, physics, mathematics, and medicine. The ACED PhD programme provides a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional approach to training. The programme's first year allows the students to develop their project with their Cambridge University supervisor as well as training in different disciplines relevant to cancer early detection. This will be followed by a 3-year research project.

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ACED PhD students will benefit from:

  • Regular programme of virtual events - including seminars from researchers across ACED
  • Early Detection Summer School.
  • Annual Early Detection of Cancer Conference.
  • CRUK Cambridge Centre Transferable Skills Programme providing the opportunity to expand your skills set in order to support your research and professional development.

Supervisor arrangements: The successful student will select their Cambridge University Supervisor in a subject area of their choice from the list of approved Cambridge ACED PhD Supervisors. The PhD Supervisor and student will co-develop the PhD research project during the first year of the Programme, including selecting a co-supervisor with complementary expertise from another ACED Member Centre. The student will become a member of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme.

Eligibility: Due to funding restrictions, we can only offer studentships to candidates with "home fee" tuition fee status. Self-funding of the international portion of the tuition fee will not be eligible. The studentship provides running expenses and an annual maintenance stipend of £19,000 for up to 4 years. Candidates must meet the Cambridge University entrance requirements.

How to apply: Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in early detection of cancer research. Clearly state in the application one Cambridge University ACED PhD supervisor from this list of approved Cambridge ACED PhD Supervisors that they wish to study with as part of the Personal Statement. You will also need to include the names and contact details of two academic referees.

* N.B. You must choose from the list of approved Cambridge ACED PhD Supervisors. (This is different to the list of Oncology supervisors found on the Applicant Portal.)

Applicant Portal:
Please apply using the PhD Applicant Portal and select 'PhD in Oncology'.
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If you have any queries about the ACED studentship or application process, please contact the CRUK Cambridge Centre Postgraduate Training Programme

Key Dates:

  • Application deadline: 15th November 2021
  • Interview date: week of 10th January 2022
  • Studentship start: October 2022.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email by late December 2021.