CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme ICED Alliance Call for PhD Project Proposals

The CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme at the University of Cambridge, along with University College London and the University of Manchester, are the UK partners that have been chosen to join the Cancer Research UK International Cancer Early Detection (ICED) Alliance. The ICED Alliance is a science-led, collaborative investment that will support the early detection of cancer research. Representing up to £40 million of investment, this initiative will bring together outstanding UK and US Centres who will jointly develop a research strategy to support collaboration, infrastructure development and training across the Alliance and for the wider early detection research community.

The Early Detection Programme has been awarded funding for three PhD students to be hosted in the Cambridge University Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC) to start in October 2020. The students will join the cohort of PhD students being trained by the CRUK Cambridge Centre, and will carry out cancer-related research in population health sciences. The 4-year funding can be applied to a 1-year MPhil + 3 years PhD, with the MPhil being one of the existing programmes in the DPHPC (in Epidemiology, Public Health, or Primary Care) if required. Students applying who already have an equivalent degree or training could start the PhD directly.

Therefore, applications are invited for PhD projects in areas directly relevant to the early detection of cancer such as, but are not limited to, risk stratification for cancer susceptibility, cancer screening, cancer prevention and health economics of early detection of cancer.  The primary supervisor should be a member of the DPHPC, but joint projects with other members of the CRUK Cambridge Centre will also be considered.

Please request an application form from,

This should be submitted by Monday 2nd September 2019 to

Eligible projects will be advertised by The CRUK Cambridge Centre Graduate Training Programme and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in January 2020.

For any enquiries please contact Dr Wendy Alderton, Early Detection Programme Manager (

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