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.


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.

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.

Related news & features

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.

How our fellowships make a difference

20 June 2017

For Pioneering Research, our annual research publication, we talked to Dr David Adams at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute about how a CRUK Career Development Fellowship supported his long-term career progression.

Improving training and support for clinical academics

31 January 2017

In newly published guidance, we set out the key principles and obligations to ensure clinical academic researchers are appropriately supported at critical stages and through the most difficult transitions in their careers.

Meet the scientists tackling brain tumours, investigating a cancer ‘master switch’ and much more

19 Jan 2017

We've funded six new Programme Foundation Awards, helping outstanding young researchers develop their full fledged research groups.

Raising the bar – competitive support throughout your career

28 October 2016

We have revised the duration of our funding and the package of benefits we offer our Fellows to ensure we are providing the right support at all stages throughout their career.

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