Clinician Scientist Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Health professional
Research area
All research areas
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
5 years
Funding amount
Your salary and running expenses
The Clinician Scientist Fellowship supports excellent individuals to develop a clinical academic research career through a period of postdoctoral training.

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
  • 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.  

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 Clinician Scientist Fellowships are considered twice a 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 carried out by the Clinical Careers Committee.


Preliminary application deadline Shortlisting Full application deadline Interviews

22 May 2018

July 2018

21 August 2018

November 2018

 27 November 2018

January 2018

19 February 2018

May 2018

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 

Applications are assessed by international peer review. Final funding decisions are made by the Clinical Careers Committee

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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Case studies

Read advice from previous successful applicants to this scheme

Ferdia Gallagher

Michelle Lockley

Ultan McDermott

Chrissie Thirlwell

These grants are fantastic. They allow people like me to try out research and then, if they want to become academic leaders, they can develop their interests and skills further.

— Dr James O'Connor, Clinician Scientist Fellow

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