Our ten-week Undergraduate Summer Research Programme aims to inspire bright and ambitious undergraduates to start their career in cancer research.

The programme provides an immersive hands-on research experience, with students able to work on their own research project in one of our world-leading Research Groups. The 2020 course will run from 29 June – 5 September.

In partnership with Cambridge Africa, we’ve teamed up with the Uganda Cancer Institute to support them in their mission to provide state-of-the-art cancer care and prevention. Each year, two places on our Undergraduate Summer Research Programme are reserved for students from the UCI and the eastern Africa region. Along with free accommodation and stipend, all Ugandan students will be provided with transport to and from Cambridge. This collaboration should lead to shared learnings for both parties and high-quality training for the African cancer research community.


Each student will be embedded in one of our multidisciplinary Research Groups to work on their own project, with access to our state-of-the-art Core Facilities. We offer a range of projects each year, from basic experimental and computational cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application.

Students work under the supervision of a postdoctoral or PhD researcher, participate in lab meetings, attend seminars and provide their host lab with a brief scientific report once the project is complete. At the end of the summer, students have the opportunity to come together and present their work at the Summer Student Symposium.

Available Projects


Over the ten-week programme, students will attend a bespoke lunchtime lecture series, hearing from pioneering cancer researchers about their areas of expertise. They also have the opportunity to attend career workshops, supporting the students to make their next steps into academia, industry or beyond.  

Accommodation and Stipend

All Summer Students will be provided with en suite accommodation together in St Edmund’s College, with access to kitchen and dining facilities. Along with free accommodation, Summer Students are provided with a stipend of £1440, half paid at the beginning of the programme and the other half paid midway through the course.


To apply, please send your CV, cover letter and the completed application form to SummerProgramme@cruk.cam.ac.uk, identifying the project you wish to be considered for in the body of your email.  

The deadline for applications is 6 January 2020.

Application form