Putting our region's cancer needs first


We invite applications from principal investigators and their research team, with a track record of successful PhD supervision, to submit proposals for this funded PhD research award.

researcher and health professional

North West Cancer Research seeks to fund two PhD studentships of £105,000 each, including a stipend of up to £19,000 for the student for three years.

Applications should be made from researchers who have a track record in supervising PhD students and working in a wide variety of different areas of cancer research. These include the following:

  • Cancer Biology and Pathophysiology
  • Cancer Therapeutics and Precision Medicine
  • Public Health and Cancer Inequalities
  • Cancer and Ageing, Palliative Care
  • Improving care and support for people living with and beyond cancer
  • Cancer Prevention
  • The early detection of cancer including biomarkers

It is likely that one of these will be awarded in an area of fundamental science, with the second award in an area of applied research including cancer inequalities and palliative care.

Applications for this funding round are open to researchers across the United Kingdom. In making their applications, researchers should consider the relevance of their application to the people of the North-West of England and North Wales. This could mean overall incidence or that the particular cancer type if more common or associated with poor outcomes within the region.

Applications must be submitted in line with call guidance and appendix A if required.

All applications will undergo rigorous external peer and scientific review. Panel members will be made available to view once confirmed.

This funding round will close at 5pm on Monday 15th February 2021.

Application Process

Application Form

Download the application form here and return using the upload section by 5pm Mon 15 Feb 2021.


Submit Application

Upload and submit your completed application form here by 5pm Mon 15 Feb 2021.