About the programme

As part of Cancer Research UK’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Research, they have developed this programme in consultation with the research community and in close collaboration with expert partners, Black in Cancer and the Windsor Fellowship. 

For the second year of the programme a total of four PhD scholarships will be available in 2024. Cancer Research UK’s plan to grow the programme over time and will review it to consider expanding eligibility to other groups which are also under-represented in our research community.

What is funded?

You will be provided with:

  • A fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship (non-clinical) according to our standard PhD funding rates* including stipend, research consumables and UK home tuition fees.
  • A place on one of the doctoral training programmes at a CRUK Centre.
  • A comprehensive programme of mentoring, career support, leadership training and networking –  led by the Windsor Fellowship and Black in Cancer, in addition to the support provided by the CRUK Centres, to drive your career forward and realise your full potential to beat cancer.

Four student places are available for our second round starting in September 2024. Two of these will be at the CRUK City of London Centre and two at the CRUK Cambridge Centre.

Who can apply?

Our programme is aimed at students from Black heritage backgrounds pursuing a PhD in cancer-related fields.

This scheme is open to people who self-identify as being from a Black heritage background, including a mixed background, for example: Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other, Mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black backgrounds).

You must also meet the general entry requirements for the PhD programme at a CRUK Centre, which typically include:

  • Hold or expect to graduate with a first or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (or equivalent from a non-UK university).
  • Have appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, an undergraduate or masters degree course in a relevant subject.
  • Meet English language requirements as set by host institution.

Please read ourfrequently asked questionsfor more information on eligibility and applications for the programmes will open in October 2023 sign up here to be notified.

How to apply?

First step:  Apply to the scholarship for eligibility check

  • Submit scholarship application to Windsor Fellowship. Please click here https://rb.gy/yjmcp  to apply.
  • The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday 15 November 2023 at 11.59pm (GMT).
  • We would encourage you to submit your application form as early as possible before this date.
  • 1-2-1 online conversations with Windsor Fellowship in January 2024

Second step: Apply for directly to the Centres for the PhD

Insight Sessions

We will be running our next series of Insight Sessions for 2024 entry. The sessions are an opportunity for candidates interested in the PhD programme to find out more information and ask questions to our panel from the training centres, Cancer Research and Black in Cancer.

  • 21 September 2023 at 12.30 – 13:30
  • 11 October 2023 at 12:30 – 13:30

Sign up here to attend and if you have any questions please email: scholarship@windsor-fellowshp.org