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.
- Have obtained a higher degree (MD/PhD) in a cancer-relevant research area
- Have obtained your CCT and hold consultant status, or a national training number (NTN or NTN(A)) and at the time of award have clear plans for obtaining your CCT
- Have the support of an appropriate research group and supervisor at a UK university or research institute1
- Be able to demonstrate that you meet the range of skills and experience as outlined in the 'developing independence’ career stage in our Fellowships Competency Framework2
You should not:
- Have held any previous substantive postdoctoral fellowships
- 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 specialty registrar or honorary consultant grade.
- Associated running expenses and research or technical assistance.
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 Clinician Scientist Fellowships are considered twice a 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 carried out by the Clinical Careers Committee.
|Preliminary application deadline||Shortlisting||Full application deadline||Interviews|
21 May 2019
20 August 2019
4 December 2019
19 February 2020
Before you begin your application
You must read:
- Guidelines for preminary applications (PDF 738 KB)
- Guidelines for full applications (PDF 1.1 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
Read advice from successful applicants.
Dr Marnix Jansen
Marnix talked to us about how he successfully applied for a CRUK Clinician Scientist Fellowship, and how it is enabling him to build a career in translational research.
Dr Michelle Lockley
Michelle told us how the support she received during her Clinician Scientist Fellowship helped her develop scientific independence and learn how to lead a lab team, and how she made the next step with an Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
Dr Ultan McDermott
Ultan talked to us about how his Clinician Scientist Fellowship has created time to develop as both a clinician and a scientist, and how he manages the competing demands of the dual role.
Dr Ferdia Gallagher
Ferdia talked to us about what CRUK funding has helped him to achieve, from his clinical PhD to his current Fellowship, and his experience as a clinician of participating in multidisciplinary collaborations in imaging research.
Dr Serena Nik-Zainal
Serena explains why she chose CRUK to further her career, and her research to decipher the mutational signatures that occur in cancer cells.
Dr Geoff Higgins
Geoff shares his advice on planning a grant application and preparing for a fellowship interview, and his experience of how clinical academic careers are changing with increasing funding opportunities.
Dr James O’Connor
James from The University of Manchester and The Christie Hospital, describes what it means to be a clinician scientist, and how important the role is for making sure new treatments and technology reach the clinic as soon as possible.
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)
Senior Research Funding Manager
Applications from Cambridge, Scotland, the Midlands & North England
Research Funding Manager
Applications from Manchester, Oxford, Institute of Cancer Research & Imperial
Research Funding Manager
Applications from Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Northern Ireland & the South of England
Research Funding Manager
We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.