Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Health professional
Research area
All research areas
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
5 years
Funding amount
Salaries and running expenses for you, one postdoc and one technician
The Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship supports excellent clinician scientists to develop independence and leadership in their field of academic research.

Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.

You should:

  • Be based at a UK university or research institute1
  • Have obtained a higher degree (MD/PhD) in a cancer-relevant research area
  • Have obtained your CCT and hold consultant status
  • Have undertaken a significant period of postdoctoral research
  • Be able to demonstrate that you meet the range of skills and experience as outlined in the 'establishing independence’ career stage in our Fellowships Competency Framework2

You should not have a tenured academic post at a higher education institute or research institute.

1Fellowships must be hosted in a UK university or research institute. Short periods of research experience away from the host institution may be requested and must be fully justified.

2We have updated our eligibility criteria for funding rounds which have a preliminary application deadline after August 2018 to introduce the Competency Framework. If you submitted your preliminary application to a funding round with an earlier deadline, our eligibility criteria based on years post-PhD will still apply and our Competency Framework will not apply to your application.


Funding support is provided for:

  • Your salary at the appropriate honorary consultant grade
  • Salaries for one postdoctoral researcher and one research assistant or technician
  • Associated running expenses
  • Relevant equipment costs

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

Application process

Applications for this scheme are considered twice per year and the application process has three stages:

  1. Preliminary application: reviewed and shortlisted by the Clinical Careers Committee
  2. Full applications: shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application and attend an interview. Full applications are peer-reviewed by international experts. 
  3. Interview: shortlisted candidates will attend a 40 minute interview with the Clinical Careers Committee.


Preliminary deadline

Shortlisting meeting

Full application deadline


21 May 2019

July 2019

20 August 2019

November 2019

4 December 2019

January 2020

19 February 2020

May 2020

Before you begin your application

You must read:

All applications must be made through our electronic grants management system (eGMS).

*These guidelines apply up to the August 2018 deadline. New guidelines will be available for subsequent rounds of funding.

The Clinical Careers Committee will judge your proposal on:

  • Scientific excellence: whether you have a strong scientific rationale to support the proposed research proposal.
  • Cancer-relevance: the value of the proposed work in advancing the fundamental understanding of cancer or improving how cancer is diagnosed and/or treated.
  • Your own track record and potential to produce outstanding results
  • The strength of your research team and research environment 

Cancer Research UK contact details

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


Applications from London (excluding Imperial and Institute of Cancer Research)

Dr Marjolein Schaap

Senior Research Funding Manager



Applications from Cambridge, Scotland, the Midlands & North England

Dr Lorenzo de la Rica

Research Funding Manager



Applications from Manchester, Oxford, Institute of Cancer Research & Imperial

Dr Jutta Zimmer

Research Funding Manager



Applications from Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Northern Ireland & the South of England

Dr Victoria Walker

Research Funding Manager


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Dr Serena Nik-Zainal: Choosing a CRUK Fellowship

Serena explains why she chose a CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship to develop her career, and how she has benefited from collaborations with leading scientists in the CRUK community.