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, research/technical assistance, running expenses and equipment
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.


Funding support is provided for:

  • Your salary at the appropriate speciality registrar or honorary consultant grade
  • Salary for one research/technical support post, but the need for assistance will need to be fully justified in your application
  • 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 (see application guidelines for more details)

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 a year, and the application process has three stages.

  1. Preliminary Application: reviewed and shortlisted by the Research Careers Committee*.
  2. Full application: If shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a full application. This will be assessed by an Expert Review Panel and will include an interview.
  3. Committee Review: The Research Careers Committee meet to review the funding recommendations of the Expert Review Panels and make the final funding decision.

How to Apply

We are currently migrating to a new grants management system. It will be available for you to complete an Outline application in mid-October. Ahead of time, you can prepare your research proposal - details can be found in the Preliminary application guidelines, and complete a Skills and Experience form. If you intend to apply to the scheme please let the office know by emailing and we can alert you to when the new system is available.


Preliminary application deadline Shortlisting Full application deadline Interviews

3 November 2020

26 January 2021

 March 2021 

May 2021

*The Research Careers Committee is a new CRUK Committee that will replace the New Investigator Committee and the Clinical Careers Committee. The Research Careers Committee will cover both remits and review all associated schemes. If you would like more detail on Committee composition, please email


Before you begin your application

You must read:

The Research 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 

Case studies

Read advice from successful applicants.

Dr Marnix Jansen

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Applications are assessed by international, Expert Review Panels and funding decisions are made by the Research Careers Committee.

Cancer Research UK contact details

Please contact your Research Grants Manager if you have questions about your eligibility for this scheme or require any assistance with your application or active award

For Cambridge, Manchester, Scotland, The North of England (incl Newcastle), Wales

Dr Flora Scott, Research Grants Manager:

For London, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Northern Ireland, The South

Dr Victoria Walker, Research Grants Manager:

Please contact your Research Programme Manager if you would like to hear more about the support we offer e.g. CRUK Fellow meetings, activities and training, and to share any potential challenges you might face

For London, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Northern Ireland, The South

Dr Marjolein (Lein) Schaap, Research Programme Manager:

For Cambridge, Manchester, Scotland, The North of England (incl Newcastle), Wales

Dr Lorenzo de la Rica, Research Programme Manager:


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Case study

Dr Marnix Jansen

Dr Marnix Jansen talked to us about how he successfully applied for a Clinician Scientist Fellowship, and how it is enabling him to build a career in translational research.