Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Research area
Cancer aetiology
Early diagnosis
Behavioural research
Cancer prevention
Statistics and methodology
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
3 years, or part-time equivalent
Funding amount
Salary for the Fellow and research expenses
Success rate
36% in 2016/17 More stats
This Fellowship provides support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers in the field of population research.

Applications are considered on the basis of:

  • Academic achievements to date and future potential.
  • Scientific merit of the research proposal.
  • Research environment provided by the sponsoring department.

Applicants should have:

  • At the time of submitting the application, a PhD or be about to complete their PhD (or equivalent higher research degree).
  • Less than six years of research experience since completing a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree).

Please note that these Fellowships cannot be held in the Cancer Research UK core funded Institutes.

Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowships can be awarded in the areas of:

Early Diagnosis

  • Cancer symptoms: natural history and awareness
  • The early diagnosis pathway including alternative routes to diagnosis
  • Interventions to increase presentation to primary care or uptake of screening
  • Screening as a form of early diagnosis


  • Behavioural and lifestyle  interventions to prevent cancer (individual or population level), including prevention of cancer recurrence
  • Adherence to chemoprevention
  • Screening as a form of prevention


  • Classical and health epidemiology, plus survival and incidence rates
  • Repurposing of existing cohorts for ‘omics studies (excluding genetic epidemiology)
  • Secondary physical effects of cancer treatment
  • Methodological and statistical research relating to population sciences

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.

Population Research Committee (PRC)

Our funding schemes award money raised through our charity fundraising, including, for translational research, by Stand Up To Cancer UK.

How to apply to this scheme

​Overvew of the application process

Applications for this scheme are considered once a year.

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 May.
  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.

All applications must be made online through our online grant management system, eGMS

The next deadline is in November 2018 for review in May 2019.

Before you begin your application

  • You must read the full application guidelines (PDF)
  • You are encouraged to contact the office (prc@cancer.org.uk) to discuss eligibility and suitability of your research proposal in advance of submitting an application.
  • Your final proposal must be approved online by your host institution.

Cancer Research UK contact details

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

catherine cowel

Dr Catherine Cowell

Research Funding Manager


Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 6126


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