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. 

During this first pilot year, a total of four PhD scholarships will be available in 2023. 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 first round starting in September 2023. 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 our frequently asked questions for more information on eligibility.

​How to apply

  1. Candidates will need to separately apply for a PhD programme at CRUK Cambridge Centre and/or CRUK City of London Centre by 15th November 2022.
  2. Complete a scholarship application form by 5 December 2022
  3. The Windsor Fellowship will be in touch following the deadline with an update on your scholarship application.
  4. Any offers are dependent on candidates being offered a place by either centre.

If you have any questions please email: scholarships@windsor-fellowshp.org