Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship
About this scheme
Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.
- Be based at a UK university or research institute during the fellowship
- 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 Framework
You should not have a tenured academic post at a higher education institute or research institute.
Funding support is provided for:
- Your salary at the appropriate honorary consultant grade
- Salaries and running expenses for up to two posts. You may choose from a postdoctoral researcher, a technician and/or a (non-clinical) PhD student.
- Associated running expenses
- Equipment costs up to £25,000
- Relocation costs up to £1,000 if you wish to take up your fellowship at a new host institution
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
Applications for this scheme are considered twice per year and the application process has three stages:
- Preliminary application: reviewed and shortlisted by the Clinical Careers Committee
- Full applications: shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application and attend an interview. Full applications are peer-reviewed by international experts.
- Interview: shortlisted candidates will attend a 40 minute interview with the Clinical Careers Committee.
Full application deadline
4 December 2019
19 February 2020
16 April 2020*
2 September 2020
*Please note that we are still accepting applications for this current funding round
Before you begin your application
You must read:
- Guidelines for preliminary applications (PDF 816 KB)*
- Guidelines for full applications (PDF 1.13 MB)
- Grant conditions
All applications must be made through our electronic grants management system (eGMS).
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
Dr Marjolein Schaap
Senior Research Funding Manager
Applications from Cambridge, Manchester, Scotland, the Midlands & North England
Research Funding Manager
Applications from Oxford, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Northern Ireland & the South of England
Dr Victoria Walker
Research Funding Manager
We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.
Sean tells us about her successful progression from Clinician Scientist Fellow to Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow.