Our PhD studentships are for established researchers in the UK and Ireland who have a strong track record in their field, and have previous experience in supervising PhD students. 

We can only accept applications from the proposed supervisor. Students who are interested in becoming a Breast Cancer Now PhD student should contact the supervisors directly.

Key information

Career level

Established independent researchers and new independent researchers with a strong track record and based within a research institution in the UK or Ireland.

Applications open

Friday 29 March

Deadline for submission

Friday 21 June

Funding decision

December 2019

Grant duration

36 or 48 months

Award amount

£35,000 per annum

PhD grant application guidance

Download the PhD application guidance

What areas of research will Breast Cancer Now support?

We are interested in funding research that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, and welcome applications from all disciplines.

How to apply

Applications now closed.

Review process

We use a preliminary screening step in our review process. The Grants Committee members carry out an initial review of all the applications and identify those they think will not be competitive.

These applications will not be sent out for external peer review and will not be considered for funding.

If we are not going to take your application any further, we will let you know within 12 weeks of the application deadline, and we will send you feedback from the Grants Committee. 

Useful links and documents

Please visit our research projects section for recent PhD student projects awarded.

View research grants success rates [PDF]

If you are unsure about the eligibility and remit of your project, contact the Research Funding Team before you submit your application, by email at grants_admin@breastcancernow.org or by phone on 020 7749 4121.

From a researcher

Dr Richard Clarkson, Senior Lecturer Cardiff University: “It is essential for the scientific community that high quality researchers are identified and trained to the highest level if we are to have an impact on cancer therapy in the future. This PhD project has been successful in training a gifted researcher with a promising future in cancer research. The host laboratory depends on external funds for its future research and consequently this award has been instrumental in driving the fundamental breast cancer research being undertaken in this laboratory.”

AMRC peer review audit