Cancer Prevention Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Research area
Behavioural research
Cancer prevention
Policy research
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
3 years
Funding amount
Salaries for the Fellow, a research assistant, research expenses and, where appropriate, an equipment grant
This Fellowship funds outstanding postdoctoral researchers and health care professionals to research changes that can prevent people getting cancer.

Applications are considered on the basis of:

  • academic achievements to date and future potential,
  • scientific merit, novelty and potential for translation of the research proposal,
  • research environment provided by the sponsoring department.

Applicants should have:

  • at the time of submitting the application, between three and five years of research experience since completing a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree),
  • an excellent track record in previous postdoctoral position(s).

We expect successful Fellows to:

  • Engage with the overall Cancer Prevention Initiative, working alongside CRUK's Policy Research Centre for Prevention, and/or involvement with the Innovation Fund scheme.
  • Have a clear training and development plan for the duration of the Fellowship, which demonstrates how skills and knowledge will have increased by the end of the Fellowship.
  • Have a clear plan as to how they will increase their collaborations and scientific networks – including outside of their immediate research field - over the course of the Fellowship. This may be through time spent working in other research groups, or remote collaboration.

Applications will be considered if they fulfil the following remit:

  • Behavioural and lifestyle changes that could help prevent cancer.
  • Have the potential to be translated into practice or influence policy.

Please see the Guidelines for PRC grant applications.

How to apply to this scheme

Application process

Applications for this scheme are considered once a year and the application process has 3 stages:

  1. Submit a full application of 2,500 words, which will be peer-reviewed by experts.
  2. Your application will be reviewed by the Population Research Committee in April.
  3. If your application is successful you will be invited for interview in June, when you will have the opportunity to respond to the peer-reviewers comments.

Support on preparing your application is available through your regional Research Design Service.

Before you begin your application

You are encouraged to contact the Research Funding Manager to discuss your eligibility and suitability of your research proposal.

You must read the Guidelines for preparing grant applications in eGMS.

All applications must be made online through our online grant management system eGMS, and your final proposal must be approved online by your host institution.

You are encouraged to discuss your proposal with the funding manager before starting your application.

lucy daviesDr Lucy Davies

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8824



Post doc in epidemiology, Michael O’Rorke

Michael was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014 from our Population Research Committee, to work on a project exploring the association of beta adrenergic receptor expression and beta-blocker use with breast cancer survival.

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