Postdoctoral Research Bursary for Clinical Trainees

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Health professional
Research area
All research areas
Full application
Committee review
Funding period
up to 2 years
Funding amount
up to £35,000
This award offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD.

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.
  • a national training number (NTN or NTN(A)) at the time of award
  • secured protected time and salary for your research

You should not have held any previous postdoctoral fellowships.

Fellowships must be hosted in a UK University or research institute. Periods of research experience away from the host institution may be requested and must be fully justified.

Funding support is provided for:

  • up to £35,000
  • up to 2 years support
  • research expenses and research services (e.g. statistical support, lab technician services, etc)
  • travel related to the research project or collaborations

The award cannot be used to fund:

  • the applicant’s salary
  • course or examination fees

How to apply to this scheme

Overview of the application process

Applications for Research Bursaries are considered twice a year by the Research Careers Committee*.

Timelines typically follow this schedule, but may vary:

     Applications open            Application deadline           Funding decisions    
12 July 2021 15 September 2021 December 2021*


*The Research Careers Committee is a new CRUK Committee that combined and replaced both our previous New Investigator Committee and Clinical Careers Committee. The Research Careers Committee covers both remits and reviews all associated schemes.

Before making your application

  1. Read full application guidelines (PDF)
  2. Read Grant conditions (PDF)

If you have questions aboout the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your applicaton, please contact the Research Grants Manager.

Applications are assessed 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

Jurga Kaucikiene, Research Grants Manager:

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

Dr Victoria Walker, Research Grants Manager:


Please contact Dr Marjolein (Lein) Schaap, 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:

Please refer to the 'How to apply to this scheme tab' for further details and dates for this current Autumn 2021 round, and the next Spring 2022 funding round. 

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