Research career development opportunities

Research Careers

We're committed to supporting the next generation of cancer researchers and we have opportunities for you wherever you are in your career, whether you're new to the lab, or growing your fully fledged independent research group.

We have a broad range of fellowships, bursaries, job opportunities and studentships to cater for your situation, whether you're an academic researcher or a clinician scientist, and whether you require a fully funded fellowship or grants to advance individual projects.

Do you need help deciding which Fellowship to apply to? Our competency framework can guide you to consider which funding opportunity is right for you to support your transition to the next career level. 

PhD and postdoc opportunities

Students, postdocs and clinical fellows are recruited by the institutes, centres and research groups we fund around the UK, and we also support our researchers with networking, training and other career development support. Students and postdocs are also eligible for opportunities including prizes and travel grants.

Supporting you to translate your research

In 2020, we updated our competency framework to include the skills and expertise required to support translation of research for patient benefit. 

We also support our researchers through a specialised translational team who are based across the UK and can provide the advice and support needed, an entrepreneurial programme with the aim to nurture an entrepreneurial culture among early career cancer researchers in the UK and several funding opportunities to accelerate translation.

Benefits of developing your research career with us

We support and develop the very best researchers with more than just funding. As a CRUK Fellow or Group Leader, we'll help you become a research leader of tomorrow.

Our researchers benefit from being part of a network of 4,000 clinicians and scientists who are united behind our ambitious strategy to beat cancer sooner. With the support of our network, you'll have the opportunities you need to develop independence as a leader.

  • Networking meetings with fellow CRUK researchers in your peer group, and our world-leading senior scientists

  • Training workshops and mentoring from inspirational leaders

  • Access to the CRUK network of scientists, clinicians and state-of-the-art facilities

  • Flexible working opportunities and paid leave entitlements

  • Accelerated UK work visa route for exceptionally talented researchers

Contact us

Our Training & Fellowships Team are here to help our research community and advise researchers who are interested in making an application.

fellowships@cancer.org.uk


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12 May 2019

We’re providing £50.7m to overhaul training for clinician scientists, enabling our Centres to offer greater flexibility and a wider range of career pathways, including MD-PhD options, while providing training of the highest quality.

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New help for early career researchers to manage and share data

9 April 2019

We’re introducing 2-day training workshops to help you manage and share your clinical and population research data.

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Enabling promising postdocs to become the global research leaders of tomorrow

26 March 2019

Our new Transatlantic Fellowships provide high-potential early career researchers with a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers, offering £300,000 over four years to support research at top institutions in the UK and US.

Research partnerships

Promoting a culture of dignity at work in research

18 October 2018

Our new policy spells out our expectations and requirements of the researchers and organisations involved in our research to prevent bullying and harassment.

Improving flexibility for researchers: removing post-PhD time restrictions on our fellowships

1 August 2018

As part of our commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, we’re removing the post-PhD time restrictions on our fellowship schemes.


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