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
Final submission
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 Clinical Careers Committee.

Timelines typically follow this schedule, but may vary:

     Applications open            Application deadline           Funding decisions    
          16th July 2020        17th September 2020              November 2020


The next application deadline is 17 September. The Committee's decisions on funding will be made in November 2020.

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 funding manager.

All applications must be made through our electronic grants management system (eGMS).

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

Dr Marjolein Schaap

Senior Research Funding Manager



Applications from Cambridge, Manchester, Scotland, the Midlands & North England

Dr Lorenzo de la Rica

Research Funding Manager



Applications from Oxford, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Northern Ireland & the South of England

Dr Victoria Walker

Research Funding Manager


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