Successful applicant case studies from early- and mid-career researchers

Read advice on applying for funding from some of our current grantees with a range of backgrounds and expertise.

These case studies feature researchers who are developing their careers with our fellowships and associated funding awards for early- and mid-career researchers.

Dr Simona Parrinello, Programme Foundation Award

Simona is using her Programme Foundation Award to grow her independent research group so she can explore new avenues for her research and realise her ambition to focus on brain cancer.

Dr Michelle Lockley, Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow

Michelle told us how the support she received during her Clinician Scientist Fellowship helped her develop scientific independence and learn how to lead a lab team. After successfully applying for our new Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship, she shares advice on applying.

Dr Ultan McDermott, Clinician Scientist Fellow

Ultan talked to us about how his Clinician Scientist Fellowship has created time to develop as both a clinician and a scientist, and how he manages the competing demands of the dual role.

Dr Ferdia Gallagher, Clinician Scientist Fellow

Ferdia talked to us about what CRUK funding has helped him to achieve, from his clinical PhD to his current Fellowship, and his experience as a clinician of participating in multidisciplinary collaborations in imaging research.

Dr Geoff Higgins, Clinician Scientist Fellow

Geoff shares his advice on planning a grant application and preparing for a fellowship interview, and his experience of how clinical academic careers are changing with increasing funding opportunities.

Dr Jessica Anne Downs, Career Establishment Award

Jessica told us how her Career Establishment Award helped her establish her independent research group and new avenues of translational research, and she shares her advice for applicants considering this funding opportunity.

Dr Maria Theresa Redaniel, Population Research Postdoc

Theresa shared her advice on finding funding and planning a successful application.

Dr Michael O’Rorke, Population Research Postdoc

Michael talked to us about how he developed his research proposal and prepared for his fellowship interview.

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We also have case studies from researchers at all levels of career development, and across our research areas and strategic priorities.

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