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 associated running expenses for the Fellow, one postdoctoral researcher and one research technician
This Fellowship offers excellent clinician scientists the opportunity 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 have:

  • obtained a higher degree (MD/PhD) in a cancer-relevant research area.
  • obtained your CCT and hold consultant status.
  • previously undertaken a significant period of postdoctoral research, typically more than 3 years.

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

Fellowships 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. 

Funding support is provided for:

  • the candidate’s salary at the appropriate honorary consultant grade. 
  • the salary of 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.



November 2018 Committee

May 2019 Committee

Preliminary application deadline

22 May 2018

27 November 2018

Preliminary shortlisting meeting

July 2018

January 2019

Full application deadline

21 August 2018

19 February 2019


November 2018

May 2019

Before you begin your application

You must read:

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 funding manager.

Dr Zara Goozée

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 5580

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