Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
About this scheme
Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.
You should have:
- Typically between eight and fourteen years1 of postdoctoral research experience since completing your PhD at the time of submitting the preliminary application
- Obtained a PhD or MD and extensive post-doctoral research experience if you are a clinician.
You should not:
- Have a core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes2
There are also some other locations that are not eligible; please contact us 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 for our Programme Foundation Award. If you are uncertain which is the right scheme for you, please contact the office to discuss the best application route.
1We exercise flexibility in our eligibility criteria, taking into account individual circumstances, in particular career breaks and time spent outside research. If you’ve taken leave as a caregiver, that period of leave plus up to an additional 1 year will be factored in when considering eligibility and evaluating research experience. Find out more in our flexible funding policies and contact us to discuss your circumstances.
2Applicants may apply to hold a Fellowship at a Cancer Research UK Institute, provided that they are not in receipt of core-funding concurrently to the Fellowship.
Funding support is provided for up to six years, or equivalent duration for part-time working.
We're very supportive of part-time working and for a Senior Cancer Research Fellowship we expect at least 0.5 FTE or 80% of your working hours, whichever is greater, to be spent on academic research. Find out more about how we support part-time working and extended leave in our flexible working policies.
Funding will cover:
- Salaries for you, two postdoctoral researchers, a technician and a PhD student
- Associated running expenses
- Equipment costs up to £50,000
- A salary supplement for the Fellow of £10,500 per annum (not applicable to clinicians who have obtained their CCT)
How to apply to this scheme
Overview of the application process
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:
- Preliminary application: reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
- Full application: peer-reviewed by international experts and reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
- Interview: a 35 minute interview carried out by the New Investigator Committee.
All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS)
Preliminary application deadline
Full application deadline
21 August 2017
27 November 2017
21-22 March 2018
18 January 2018
24 May 2018
11-12 October 2018
Before you begin your application
Please read the following documents:
If you have questions about the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your application, please contact the funding manager.
The New Investigator Committee will judge your application on:
- Scientific quality and originality: your proposal must have a strong scientific rationale.
- Cancer relevance: value of the proposed work in advancing the fundamental understanding of cancer or improving how cancer is diagnosed and/or treated.
- Your track record and potential to produce outstanding results.
- Suitability and strength of your research environment and collaborators: access to resources and facilities required for the fulfillment of the Senior Cancer Research Fellowship.
The Committee will also consider how closely your research aligns with the priorities laid out in our Research Strategy, including earlier detection and harder-to-treat cancers (brain, lung, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers).
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