KESS2 PhD in Biosciences: Evaluating lung carcinoma immune evasion

Key facts

Application deadline 1 April 2018
Start date 1 October 2018
Duration 3 years.
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

A study on lung cancer based in the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.

This project based in the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute will link with other studies working on utilising the cancer stem cell theory to target small cancer causing sub-populations, in this case lung cancer.


  • Dr Girish Patel

    Honorary Senior Lecturer, NISCHR Research Fellow and Consultant Dermatologist


School of Biosciences Education Office

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered £3K per year for consumables, training, travel and small equipment costs.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Details of the academic and personal specification required of successful applicants, including

  • Minimum degree classification
  • Whether a Master’s degree is required
  • The subject areas of the degree
  • Any additional experience required.

Applicants for research PhDs at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject; a relevant Master's qualification or equivalent

You must:

  • have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of your application for KESS funding and your enrolment for the course of study
  • have a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student
  • meet the University's English language requirements.

The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.

You must also be prepared to provide proof of identity and income as part of the stipend assessment process. Further details are available from the KESS2 Office.


School of Biosciences Education Office

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biosciences with a start date of April 2018.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add 'KESS2 PhD in Biosciences: Evaluating lung carcinoma immune evasion' when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


School of Biosciences Education Office

Funding opportunity provided by:

Tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible Welsh and EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

Eligible research programmes