Career Development Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Research area
Cancer biology
Biomarker research
Cancer aetiology
Imaging research
Pre-clinical research
Early diagnosis
Statistics and methodology
Radiotherapy research
Cancer prevention
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
6 years
Funding amount
Salaries and associated running expenses for the Fellow, one postdoctoral researcher, and one technician, plus equipment up to £25,000. An annual salary enhancment of £6,500 is paid each year of the funding period.
The Career Development Fellowship offers outstanding scientists 6 years of support to set up their first independent cancer research group.

Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.

You should have:

  • At least three and no more than eight years of research experience since completing your PhD at the time of submitting your preliminary application

You should not:

  • Have already received funding to set up your research group
  • Have a core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes1

Some other locations are not eligible; please contact the office before starting your application to see whether your host institution is covered.

If your salary is fully funded by your host institution you may be eligible to apply for a Career Establishment AwardIf you are a clinician scientist, please consider the fellowships offered by our Clinical Careers Committee.

1Applicants may apply to hold a Fellowship at a CRUK Institute provided that they are not in receipt of core funding concurrently to the Fellowship.

Funding support is provided for:

  • Salaries for the Fellow, one postdoctoral researcher, and one technician
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment costs up to £25,000.

How to apply to this scheme

​Application process

Applications for this scheme are now considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:

  1. Preliminary application: reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
  2. Full application: peer-reviewed by international experts and reviewed and short listed by the New  Investigator Committee.
  3. Interview: a 35 minute interview carried out by the New Investigator Committee.

Please see relevant application deadlines below for the upcoming New Investigator Committee meetings:


Preliminary application


Full application




March 2017

New Investigators


11 August 2016

24 November 2016

29-30 March 2017

October 2017 

New Investigators


6 February 2017

25 May 2017

5-6 October 2017


Before you begin your application

You must read:

All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS)

Applications are assessed by international peer review and final funding decisions are made by the

New Investigator Committee.

catherine cowel

Dr Catherine Cowell

Research Funding Manager or

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 6126

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