Funding opportunities for clinical academic career development
We have a broad range of research grant funding schemes to cater for your situation, whether you're just getting started or an experienced independent researcher, and whether you require a fully funded fellowship or grants to advance individual projects.
Not a clinician? View our other career development funding opportunities.
|Scheme||Salary included?||Eligibility||Next deadline|
Provides short-term funding to allow clinicians and other health professionals to get involved in research projects early in their career.
|✓||Pre-PhD||12 September 2017|
|Postdoctoral Research Bursary
Offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD.
|✘||Clinical trainees with a PhD||12 September 2017|
|Clinician Scientist Fellowship
Offers excellent individuals the opportunity to develop a clinical academic research career through a 5 year period of postdoctoral training.
|✓||PhD and CCT||21 November 2017|
|Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship
Offers excellent clinician scientists the opportunity to develop independence and leadership in their field of academic research.
|✓||PhD, CCT and at least 3 years postdoctoral experience||21 November 2017|
|Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
Offers outstanding scientists 6 years of support to establish or further develop an independent cancer research group.
|✓||Typically 8–14 years* of postdoctoral experience||21 August 2017|
|Programme Foundation Award
Allows excellent cancer researchers with a salaried position to further develop their independent research group.
|✘||Typically 8–14 years* of postdoctoral experience||22 February 2018|
|Clinical Trial Fellowship
Supports clinicians interested in clinical trials with further training within a Clinical Trial Unit.
|✓||Completed foundation training||Spring 2018|
|Population Research Postdoc Fellowship
Offers 3 years support to develop a career in epidemiology, prevention or early diagnosis.
|✓||Typically up to 6 years* of postdoctoral experience||22 November 2017|
*We're flexibile in our eligibility criteria, taking into account individual circumstances, in particular career breaks and time spent outside research. Find out more in our flexible working policies, or contact us to discuss your circumstances.
More funding opportunities from other organisations
We've worked with the Medical Research Council and six other major funders of biomedical research to provide an integrated view across career and funding options through an interactive online tool.
Benefits of developing your research career with us
We support and develop the very best researchers with more than just funding. As a CRUK Fellow or Group Leader, we'll help you become a research leader of tomorrow.
Our researchers benefit from being part of a network of 4,000 clinicians and scientists who are united behind our ambitious strategy to beat cancer sooner. With the support of our network, you'll have the opportunities you need to develop independence as a leader.
Networking meetings with fellow CRUK researchers in your peer group, and our world-leading senior scientists
Training workshops and mentoring from inspirational leaders
Access to the CRUK network of scientists, clinicians and state-of-the-art facilities
Flexible working opportunities and paid leave entitlements
Accelerated UK work visa route for exceptionally talented researchers
Advice for applicants
Submitting your first grant application can be a daunting task. We have practical guidance to help you plan, and you can read advice from successful applicants in our case studies.
More career development opportunities
We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.