Funding opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers

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 established independent researcher, and whether you require a fully funded fellowship or grants to advance individual projects.

Are you a clinician looking to develop your research career? Go to opportunities for clinician researchers.

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. 


*Full definitions and eligibility requirements for these career stages are set out in our Competency Framework.

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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