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Clinician Scientist Fellowship

This is a postdoctoral fellowship available to clinicians and other health professionals who have completed a higher research degree. This fellowship is for you if your research is relevant to preventing, diagnosing or treating cancer and you are committed to combining research with your clinical practice. It is a funding scheme that allows clinicians, nurses, healthcare scientists and those in allied health professional posts to pursue academic research. 

These awards will enable successful fellows to make the transition from doctoral research training to an independent clinical academic post.

In addition to your medical qualification, you will have completed, or be about to complete a higher research degree. If you are a clinician you will have a national training number or will have obtained your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT/CCST). Nurses, healthcare scientists and allied health professionals are advised to contact the office to discuss your application.

The fellowship is potentially renewable for a further four years, allowing the fellow to start to develop their own research group.

What is covered

  • Up to four years' support
  • Salaries for you and a research assistant
  • Consumables costs
  • An opportunity to renew for a further four years

Cancer Research UK is keen to support the broader development of its fellows, through opportunities for training, regular fellows' meetings and working overseas.

Applications must be cancer orientated and contain a rigorous research focus.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of their academic achievements and potential, the appeal and scientific merit of the research project, the research environment provided by the sponsoring department and the availability of supporting expertise and resources.

Joint fellowships

In addition to the standard Clinician Scientist Fellowship, Cancer Research UK has partnered with the Royal College of Surgeons of England to offer a joint Fellowship to encourage trainees in surgery to develop a clinical academic career.

All applicants for the joint Fellowship must be Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


All applicants must ensure that their proposed research fits within the remit of our research strategy.

  • You will have obtained a higher degree (MD/PhD) in a cancer-relevant research area. Your thesis must be submitted at the time of uptake of the award.
  • You will hold Consultant status/ obtained your CCT; or you will hold a specialist training post, and have no more than 2 years full time training remaining at the time of award.
    If you have not already completed your specialist training you should have clear plans for doing so at the time of application. All specialist training plans must be approved by the appropriate Royal College and host institution.
  • Candidates of any nationality may apply but should normally have been resident and working in the EEA (European Economic Area) for three years immediately before application and intend to pursue a clinical academic career in the UK.
    Candidates must be eligible to complete their training or to practise clinically in the UK.
  • These fellowships must be held in a UK based University or Institute. All applicants are advised to contact Cancer Research UK prior to application to ensure that their selected host institution is acceptable.

Nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists should contact Cancer Research UK to discuss your eligibility for this fellowship scheme.

Applicants will have a good record of success in their first research fellowship or research career and will be seeking a clinical-academic career combining research and clinical practice. Applicants must remain clinically active during the fellowship and spend at least 20% of the fellowship in clinical work.

Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research project has arisen directly from problems identified in their clinical practice, or where the results of the laboratory research could be applied directly in their clinical work.

Period of funding

Four years.

Funding value

There is no set value. Appropriate costs should be requested for the project with detailed justification provided.

How to apply

Application forms must be completed and submitted online. Any applications sent by post or email will not be accepted.

Guidelines on how to complete an application are available to download (PDF, 442KB). Your host organisation must approve the final submission. 

Additional notes

Applications are considered for this scheme once a year, with an application deadline in November/December and interviews during the following May. 

Fellowship renewals

Clinician Scientist Fellows who are currently funded by Cancer Research UK may be eligible to apply for renewal for up to a further four years. Current fellows who are interested in renewing their funding should contact the office before beginning an application to determine which is the most appropriate fellowship for you. Your previous post-doctoral experience will be taken into consideration, and you may be advised to apply for the Senior Cancer Research Fellowship.

Other details

Review committee:
For enquiries related to this funding scheme, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 5332
Updated: 29 April 2010