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
For clinical trainees pre-PhD stage
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 7 March 2024
Clinical Trial Fellowship
Supports clinicians interested in clinical trials with further training within a Clinical Trial Unit.
Completed foundation training TBC September 2024
       
For researchers developing independence
Postdoctoral Research Bursary
Offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD.
Clinical trainees with a PhD/MD 7 March 2024
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) 21 March 2024
Clinical Trial Fellowship
Supports clinicians interested in clinical trials with further training within a Clinical Trial Unit.
Completed foundation training TBC September 2024
       
For researchers establishing an independent research group
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 significant postdoc experience 21 March 2024
Career Establishment Award 
Offers 6 years of support to set up your first independent cancer research group.
Significant postdoc experience 21 March 2024
       
For group leaders transitioning to scientific leadership
Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
Offers 6 years of support to further develop your independent cancer research group.
Group leaders 21 March 2024
Programme Foundation Award
Offers 6 years of support to further develop your independent cancer research group.
Group leaders 11 April 2024

 

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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.

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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