Senior Cancer Research Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Established independent 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 you, two postdoctoral researchers, a technician and a PhD student, plus equipment up to £50,000. Typically up to a value of £2 million.
The Senior Cancer Research Fellowship offers outstanding scientists support to establish or further develop an 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:

  • Between eight and fourteen years’ 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 Institutes1

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.

1Applicants 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:

  • 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)

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

Overview of the application process

Applications for this scheme are 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.

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

Preliminary applications Full applications Interviews Funding decisions

11 August 2016

24 November 2016

29-30 March 2017

March 2017

6 February 2017

25 May 2017

5-6 October 2017

October 2017

Before you begin your application

Please read the following documents: 

  1. Preliminary application guidelines (PDF)
  2. Full application guidelines (PDF)
  3. Grant conditions

If you have questions aboout the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your applicaton, please contact the funding manager.

Applications are assessed by international peer review and final funding decisions are made by the New Investigator Committee.

Cancer Research UK contact details


Dr Marjolein Schaap

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 8097

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Success rates

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