Clinical Trial Fellowship Award

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Research area
Clinical trials
Funding period
up to 3 years
Funding amount
up to £50,000 per year (match funded by host institution)
This Fellowship supports clinicians with an interest in clinical trials and who would benefit from further training within a Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) setting.

Applications must be made by a fellow in collaboration with a UKCRC registered CTU.

As the fellow, you should be the Lead Applicant on the proposal. You must:

  • be clinically trained,
  • have completed your Foundation Programme,
  • be within your specialty and run-through training period,
  • have the range of skills and experience outlined in the ‘develop independence’ career stage in our Fellowships Competency Framework.

The Joint Lead Applicant should be a senior member of staff at a CRUK Clinical Trial Unit or other suitably experienced CTU who has agreed to host the fellow for the duration of the award.

We will provide funding up to a maximum of £50,000 per year for up to three years, to cover 50% of:

  • Your salary
  • Running expenses
  • Equipment

We expect your host institution (or another funding partner) to provide funding for the remaining 50% of the award and we will require confirmation of this matched funding at the time of application.

Please see the Clinical Trial Fellowships Guidelines (PDF) for further information.

We're very supportive of part-time working and for a Clinical Trial Fellowship Award we expect at least 0.5 FTE or 80% of your working hours, whichever is greater, to be spent on academic research. Find out more about how we support part-time working and extended leave in our flexible working policies.

Our fellowships offer a range of benefits beyond funding, including access to networking and training opportunities.

How to apply to this scheme

Application process overview

Clinical Trial Fellowship Award applications are considered once a year and involve four-steps:

  1. Online application
  2. Shortlisting by the Clinical Trial Fellowship Review Panel
  3. Interviews
  4. Final decision by the Clinical Research Committee

The next full application deadline will be 17 September 2019.

Before you begin your application

  • You must develop your application with the involvement of an experienced CTU
  • You must read the Clinical Trial Fellowship Guidelines before starting your application, even if you have applied for funding with us before
  • You must read the costs guidance to understand what we will and will not fund

All applications must be made online through our online grant management system eGMS, and the final proposal must be approved online by the host institution.

Applications are considered on the basis of:

  • Whether the duration is sufficient for the Fellow to gain suitable clinical trial experience
  • The suitability of the supervision and training to support the Fellow
  • The quality of clinical trial experience to be gained from the Fellowship
  • Whether the ambitions of the Fellow are aligned with the proposal and with the aims of the scheme
  • Likelihood of successful delivery of the training programme proposed
  • Alignment with our Research Strategy and Clinical Research Statement of Intent
  • Appropriate justification of costs

Our priorities are set out in our Clinical Research Statement of Intent.

Applications are assessed by the Clinical Trial Fellowship Review Panel, which forms part of the Clinical Research Committee (CRC).

Cancer Research UK contact details

Rowena Vohora

Clinical Research Liaison Manager

Tel: 0203 469 8554


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