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Tue, 02 May


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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

The RCR Summer Undergraduate Fellowships (SURF) in Clinical Oncology provide medical students with a unique opportunity to undertake a research project in the field of academic clinical oncology during their early years of study.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Time & Location

02 May 2023, 17:00

Online Submission

About the event

These prestigious awards are an excellent opportunity for medical students to booster their CV while gaining an insight into the field of clinical oncology and the academic opportunities it provides. This will help you to gain key academic experience, including in public speaking as well as grant and academic writing, and key skills relating to data analysis, critical thinking and research governance. 

You'll also gain mentorship from senior academics and clinicians who will be able to provide you with advice and support to begin a career in academic oncology. The recipients will hold the title: RCR Summer Ungraduate Research Fellow (SURF)  in Clinical Oncology. 


  • Each competitively-awarded SURF provides both bursary funding for the applicant and additional funding for the research project
  • Ten awards are available
  • Bursary of £1,440 each (equivalent to £180 per week) to provide expenses for a medical student to undertake a research project during the summer vacation
  • Project funding of £500 to the supervising department or laboratory to meet the costs of supporting the student including travel to the RCR to deliver a presentation on the project


The RCR SURFs in Clinical Oncology are available to medical students enrolled in both undergraduate- and graduate-entry programmes within the UK.

  • Student shopuld apply with a supervisor who must be a Member or Fellow of the RCR Faculty of Clinical Oncology. Prospective supervisors who are still in training should provide a letter of support from their Head of Department with the application.
  • Undergraduate-entry sutdents must be enrolled in their second, third or fourth year of sutdent at the time of applying. (The equivalent will apply if you are undertaking a longer course; please note that those in their first or final years of study are not eligible)
  • Graduate-entry students must be enrolled in their first, second or third year of study at the time of applying. 

To Apply:

Applicants will need to submit: 

  • A completed application form
  • Documents to be enclosed with the application form 
  • CV detailing your achievements at university
  • A separate letter of support from your tutor

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Applications or enquiries should be submitted to

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