Funding opportunities for clinical academic career development

Research Careers

We have a broad range of research grant funding schemes to cater for your situation, whether you're just getting started or an experienced independent researcher, and whether you require a fully funded fellowship or grants to advance individual projects.

Not a clinician? View our other career development funding opportunities.

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. 

Scheme Salary included? Eligibility Next deadline
Pre-doctoral Bursary
Provides short-term funding to allow clinicians and other health professionals to get involved in research projects early in their career.
Pre-PhD March 2021
Postdoctoral Research Bursary
Offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD.
Clinical trainees with a PhD/MD March 2021
Clinician Scientist Fellowship
Offers 5 years support for clinicians to develop your clinical academic research career through postdoctoral training.
PhD/MD and CCT (or clear plans to obtain it) 28 April 2021
Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship
Offers 5 years support for clinicians to develop independence and leadership in your field of clinical academic research.
PhD/MD, CCT and some postdoc experience 28 April 2021
Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
Offers 6 years of support to further develop your independent cancer research group.
Group leaders 28 April 2021
Programme Foundation Award
Offers 6 years of support to further develop your independent cancer research group.
Group leaders TBA
Clinical Trial Fellowship
Supports clinicians interested in clinical trials with further training within a Clinical Trial Unit.
Completed foundation training TBA
Population Research Postdoc Fellowship
Offers 3 years support to develop your career in epidemiology, prevention or early diagnosis.
Postdocs TBA
AACR-CRUK Transatlantic Fellowship
Supports high-potential UK postdoctoral researchers to develop their independent career in the US, and vice versa.
Postdocs Currently on Hold


More funding opportunities from other organisations

We've worked with the Medical Research Council and six other major funders of biomedical research to provide an integrated view across career and funding options through an interactive online tool.

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

More career development opportunities for researchers

Research Career Development

We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.

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