AACR–CRUK Transatlantic Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Research area
All research areas
Funding period
4 years, or part-time equivalent
Funding amount
£300,000 or US$400,000
The AACR-CRUK Transatlantic Fellowships support high-potential UK postdoctoral researchers to develop their independent career in the US, and vice versa.

Unfortunately, the 2020 round of the AACR–CRUK Transatlantic Fellowships had to be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this website regularly for updates regarding future rounds. 

Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit except clinical trials. You must have, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD) in a related field.

Your home country must be the UK or US, as defined by meeting one of these criteria:

  • You have recently been awarded a doctoral degree in the home country (US or UK)
  • You are in the final year of your doctoral studies in the home country and expect to have your degree conferred (i.e. have completed your viva) by the start of the grant term (latest 28 April 2020)
  • You have recently graduated in the home country and have already started a postdoctoral position in the visiting country within 6 months of the opening of the scheme
  • You have recently been awarded a doctoral degree from any country, and have been in the home country for at least 6 months at the time of application

Funding support provided for four years, or equivalent duration for part-time working:

  • £300,000 for UK applicants going to the US
  • $400,000 for US applicants coming to the UK.

Funding will cover:

  • Salary for the Fellow
  • Associated running expenses
  • Travel to/from your host institution
  • AACR annual meeting registration fees for the duration of the award

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 Exceptional Promise visa system for the applicants coming from the US.

How to apply to this scheme

Application process

Applications for this scheme are considered once a year, and the application process has three stages:

  1. Letter of Intent: reviewed and shortlisted by the Committee.
  2. Full application: reviewed and shortlisted by the Committee.
  3. Interview: shortlisted applicants will be invited to an on-site interview with the Committee at the AACR headquarters in Philadelphia, PA, US.

All applications must be made through AACR’s ProposalCENTRAL.


Unfortunately, the 2020 round of the AACR–CRUK Transatlantic Fellowships had to be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this website regularly for updates regarding future rounds. 


Before you begin your application

You must read:

If you are invited to submit a Full Application, you will need to download:

The Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing Letters of Intent. Please refer to the “Develop independence” career stage on CRUK’s Fellowships Competency Framework.

  • Quality and originality of the proposed work with potential for impact in the field
  • Quality and track record of candidate
  • Suitability of proposed research environment
  • Potential for independence
  • Relevance of project to cancer research

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).


Applications are assessed by a joint AACR and CRUK international Scientific Review Committee.

Chair of the Scientific Review Committee

  • Prof Margaret Frame — University of Edinburgh

Members of the Scientific Review Committee

  • Dr Sara Buhrlage — Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dr Ross Chapman — University of Oxford
  • Dr Clare Davies — University of Birmingham
  • Prof Rob de Bruin — University College London
  • Prof Yali Dou — University of Michigan
  • Dr Malachi Griffith — Washington University School of Medicine
  • Dr Paul Huang — Institute of Cancer Research
  • Dr Ryan Roberts — Nationwide Children’s Hospital  
  • Prof Victoria Sanz-Moreno — Barts Cancer Institute, QMUL
  • Prof Kala Visvanathan — Johns Hopkins University  
  • Dr Tim Witney — King’s College London
  • Dr Timothy Yap — MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Cancer Research UK contact details

Enquiries about the program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and Letter of Intent can be directed to AACR at grants@aacr.org.

Enquiries about proposalCENTRAL and the online submission process should be directed to customer support at:

  • pcsupport@altum.com
  • 800-875-2562 (Toll-free US and Canada)
  • +1-703-964-5840 (Direct Dial International)


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