Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Research area
Cancer aetiology
Early diagnosis
Behavioural research
Cancer prevention
Statistics and methodology
Funding period
3 years, or part-time equivalent
Funding amount
Your salary and research expenses
Success rate
30% in 2017/18 More stats
The Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship supports outstanding postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers in the field of population research.

You should:

  • Be a scientist, clinician or healthcare worker in a UK university, medical school, hospital or research institution
  • Have a PhD or be about to complete your PhD (or equivalent higher research degree)
  • 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 Framework

Scientific remit

Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowships can be awarded in the areas of:

  • Early diagnosis
  • Prevention
  • Epidemiology

Funding is provided for:

  • Your salary
  • Salary for a research assistant (if the request is well-justified)
  • Associated running expenses

We’re very supportive of part-time working and for a Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship 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, and an accelerated route through the Tier 1 visa system.

How to apply to this scheme

​Overvew of the application process

Applications for this scheme are considered once a year.

The application process has 3 stages:

  1. Submit a full application of 2,500 words, which will be peer-reviewed by experts.
  2. Your application will be reviewed by the Population Research Committee in May.
  3. If your application is successful you will be invited for interview in June, when you will have the opportunity to respond to the peer-reviewers comments.

All applications must be made online through our online grant management system, eGMS

The next deadline is 14 November 2019 for review in May 2020.

Before you begin your application

  • You must read the full application guidelines (PDF).
  • You are encouraged to contact us to discuss eligibility and suitability of your research proposal before submitting an application.
  • Your final proposal must be approved online by your host institution.

The Population Research Committee will judge your application on the basis of:

  • Track record and potential: your academic achievements to date and future potential.
  • Scientific merit: your application must have a strong scientific rationale to support the proposed research.
  • Cancer-relevance: value of the proposed work in advancing the fundamental understanding of cancer or improving how cancer is prevented, diagnosed or treated.
  • Research environment provided by your sponsoring department.

Cancer Research UK contact details

You are encouraged to discuss your proposal with the funding manager before starting your application.

catherine cowel

Dr Catherine Cowell

Research Grants Manager


Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 6126


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