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 postdoc and one technician, plus equipment up to £25,000.
The Career Development Fellowship offers outstanding scientists six 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

An annual salary enhancement of £6,500 is paid each year of the funding period.

Additional support

Our fellowships offer a range of benefits beyond funding, including access to networking and training opportunities, flexible working policies and an accelerated route through the Tier 1 visa system.

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 deadline

Full application deadline

Interview dates

October 2017 New Investigators Committee

6 February 2017

25 May 2017

5-6 October 2017

March 2018 New Investigators Committee

21 August 2017

27 November 2017

March 2018

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

Before you begin your application

You must read:

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

New Investigator Committee.


Dr Marjolein Schaap

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 8097

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We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.

How our fellowships make a difference

Research Careers

Our investment of over £150 million in fellowships funds a diverse community of researchers, supporting long-term career progression and providing much more than just security of the funding.

Success rates

The average success rate, from application to award, for fellowships and career support awards through our New Investigator Committee is 11%.

Research events

Our Strategy and Research Funding teams attend and exhibit at conferences, meetings and workshops throughout the year.