Fellowship Mentoring (Research Funding) Internship

Islington, London
Start date:
Mon 16th January 2017
Office-based roles
Time commitment:
Three to four days a week
Posted on:

Please complete and return the internship application form by email to placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

Download the application form


We are looking for an organised and proactive individual to support the Research Training and Fellowships team in updating the mentorship programme for female fellows.  

What will I be doing?

CRUK is changing and expanding the mentorship it provides to female fellows – the female scientists that we fund at universities and research institutes across the UK who are establishing their independent research groups. You will support the Research Training and Fellowships team to update the mentoring programme for female fellows.

You’ll do this by:

  • Developing and putting in place a system for matching new female fellows and group leaders to mentors
  • Identifying all fellows who are eligible for mentoring and inviting them to the scheme
  • Identify and approach potential new mentors, working with other teams in Cancer Research UK
  • Updating the biographies of the fellows and mentors, and working with the Research Engagement Team to create engaging profiles about the fellows to support mentor-mentee pairing
  • Updating the mentoring guidelines for fellows and mentors

In addition, you will support the planning and organising of the annual fellows’ meeting.

  • Supporting the planning, organisation and running the event on the day
  • Communicating with female fellows about the event
  • Work with the Research Training and Fellowships Team and Philanthropy and Partnerships Team to identify and invite speakers to the event, and create an exciting agenda

What skills will I gain?

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of research funding
  • Project planning and organisation skills
  • Marketing and communications
  • Evaluation and strategic review
  • Working within a team
  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Prioritisation
  • Presentation skills

What skills do I need?

  • Ideally you’ll have a science-related degree or be studying towards one
  • Good written communication skills
  • Understanding of the research community
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to be creative and innovative
  • Attention to detail

Why we need you

The Discovery Research and Centres (DRC) team sits within the Strategy and Research Funding directorate. We are responsible for distributing the majority of Cancer Research UK’s funding. We’re a team of around forty talented, ambitious and passionate individuals who pride ourselves in ensuring that Cancer Research UK continues to fund the very highest calibre of scientific research.

We are looking for an intern to volunteer with the Research Training and Fellowships team, one of the teams in DRC. You will support the development of a mentorship scheme for female fellows funded by Cancer Research UK.

This role would suit an applicant with a scientific degree, ideally within cancer research, looking to develop their writing and communication skills as well as their understanding of how our cancer research is funded.

How much time do I need to commit?

Ideally, we would like someone who can commit to 3 - 4 days a week for 12 weeks, but we can be flexible and this can be discussed on a 1 to 1 basis.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at our head office in Islington, London, although the option of working from home can be discussed at interview if you need the internship to fit around existing commitments.

How do I apply?

Please download and complete the internship application form and submit it to placements@cancer.org.uk by midday on Wednesday 9 November.

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