Training the next generation of convergence scientists


At the heart of the CRUK Imperial Centre's convergence research strategy is a unique initiative to train the next generation of Convergence Scientists.

PhD Opportunities

Joint Imperial College London and the Institute of Cancer Research PhD Studentships


We’re searching for the brightest minds in cancer research. Applications for our cross-institutional PhD studentships are now open.

The ICR and Imperial College London are pleased to announce that funding will be available for non-clinical Convergence Science PhD studentships. This PhD programme aims to provide training for the next generation of non-clinical multidisciplinary convergence scientists. Studentships will be for four years commencing in October 2019.

To apply for these PhDs you should be a graduate or final year undergraduate and hold or expect to gain a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent,

Successful candidates will undertake a four-year research training programme under the guidance of a supervisory team of world-class researchers, starting in October 2019. Projects and their supervisors are listed below. Students receive an annual stipend, currently £21,000 per annum, and project costs paid for the four-year duration. The funding covers course fees at the Home/EU rates (funding for overseas fees is not provided).

Four cross-institutional PhD projects are listed below. All are jointly supervised by the ICR and Imperial College, London supervisors. You can find details of how to apply at the end of the project list.

Important dates:

  • Applications open on Tuesday 13 November 2018.
  • You need to complete and submit your application by 5pm UK time on Monday 3 December 2018.
  • Applicants should be available for interview on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

See our Funding and Support page for further Application Information and Eligibility details.

Our commitment to convergence science training

  • Promote multidisciplinary research (our trainees will bridge research teams across the different faculties to accelerate the development of new methodologies and technologies to address the unmet needs in cancer).
  • Breakdown language barriers (equipping our trainees to speak the language of the different disciplines and lay communities including patients)
  • Build cross-institutional teams (in partnership with the Institute of Cancer Research [ICR] we are training a unique cohort who will benefit from Imperial’s world-class expertise in engineering and physical sciences and the ICR’s internationally reputable cancer research programme).
  • Draw from best practice (our trainees will benefit from accessing the skills development programme offered by various Centres for Doctoral Training [CDT]. Notably, we are collaborating with the Institute of Chemical Biology CDT, to enable our trainees to develop business and technological skills through use of the Advanced Hackspace).