Fellowships at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

We actively encourage scientists wishing to work at the CRUK Manchester Institute to apply for their own funding, via a Research or Career Development Fellowship. If you are interested in applying for a Research Fellowship, please contact the group leader whose research interests most accurately reflect your own; those seeking Career Development Fellowships should contact the Institute Director.

Initial discussions will focus on your proposed programme of work and whether there is appropriate laboratory space available. The next steps are to contact the funding body and establish that you are eligible (note: not all cancer research is funded by some organisations) and then to make your application with the support of the Group Leader and the Director of the Institute.

Below, you can find links to various fellowship schemes and search engines that can help you find a source of funding:

UK Fellowship Schemes

Cancer Research UK Fellowships
Cancer Research UK offer a variety of fellowships for outstanding scientists and clinicians. Some of the fellowships aim to provide investigators who have shown special promise in their initial studies (in a cancer relevant research field) an opportunity to establish an independent research group. Others provide up to 5 years support for clinical researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from doctoral researcher to independent postdoctoral investigator. 

Medical Research Council Fellowships
The MRC provides support for high-calibre researchers who want to make a career in medical research through a comprehensive portfolio of fellowship schemes.

Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council
BBSRC supports three fellowship schemes which enable scientists to devote their time to independent research and scholarship. Please note that applicants should check that they are eligible for funding

Wellcome (Fellowships, Career Development)
The Trust has a portfolio of personal award schemes that provide salary as well as research support for individuals from the early (PhD) stages of their research career through to senior (professorial) academic level.Please note that applicants should check that they are eligible for funding.

The objective of the Association of Medical Research Charities is to further medical research in the United Kingdom generally, and in particular, the advancement of the effectiveness of those charities of which a principal activity is medical research. This site has a full list of Cancer Charities in the UK and contact details

The Royal Society
The Royal Society offers a choice of research opportunities from postdoctoral level. Appointments range from junior postdoctoral level (Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships) to senior professorship level, for those renowned in their field (Research Professorships).

Royal Commission of 1851 (Fellowships)
Intended to provide very young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise, the opportunity to conducting research for a further two years.


Marie Curie EU Fellowships
A number of funding schemes are available to experienced researchers who wish to work in Europe. Researchers should either in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

European Molecular Biology Organisation
EMBO offers different types of fellowships: long term (1-2 years) and short term (up to 3 months).

Federation of European Biochemical Societies
FEBS Fellowships are intended to allow members of a FEBS Constituent Society (except for Summer Fellowships) to work in a laboratory in a different FEBS country from that in which the Fellow normally works. Applications from developing countries in the FEBS area of interest may be considered but full funding of the travel costs may not be given.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
The DFG promotes research in all fields of science and the humanities. Scientific and academic excellence, the advancement of young researchers, interdisciplinarity and internationality are key elements in the work of the DFG.

North America

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Providing U.S. and Canadian Scientists with Bridging Support for Advanced Postdoctoral Training and Initial Faculty Years/Some Awards Are Intended to Support Postdoctoral Training in the United Kingdom

American Cancer Society (Fellowships)
Information on ACS grants for independent investigators, mentored training and career development, predoctoral training, professorships, special initiatives, and international research programs.

National Institutes of Health
Information regarding funding opportunities from NIH may be found at this Grants Page.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Various fellowship schemes and links to other schemes eligible for Canadians


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Fellowships)

Japan Science and Technology Corporation


Human Frontier Science Program
Long-term Fellowships provide young scientists with up to three years of postdoctoral research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country. The third year of the Long-Term Fellowship can be used either for repatriation to the Fellow's country or in the host laboratory. The fellowships provide approximately $US 45,000 per year, including allowances for travel and research expenses. To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country.Short-term Fellowships enable researchers to move into new areas by learning state-of- the-art techniques in use abroad or by establishing new research collaborations. These fellowships can last from two weeks to three months in a foreign country. To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country

Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC)
The Programme offers a number international fellowship schemes that provide opportunities for continuous professional education in a variety of disciplines through long, medium and short-term work and training periods abroad. They are intended for qualified investigators, clinicians and nurses who are actively engaged in cancer research, clinical oncology or oncology nursing or are educators in these fields. In addition, one short-term scheme offer non-medical training opportunities for staff and accredited volunteers of cancer societies in the Asia-Pacific region. All awards are conditional on Fellows returning at the end of a fellowship period in order to apply the newly acquired skills in their home countries.

American Association of University Women, International Fellowships

International Agency for Research on Cancer

NATO Fellowships
Three types of fellowship are supported, although not all countries offer all types of fellowship: BASIC FELLOWSHIPS, for those who have a first university degree and wish to further their science or engineering education by following a higher degree course abroad. ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS, for scientists with a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree and/or sufficient research experience to conduct independent research. SENIOR FELLOWHIPS, for senior scientists to lecture or pursue research in institutions abroad. The duration of the fellowships offered varies by type and country. The typical length of basic fellowships is one year, with renewal in certain cases; the duration of advanced fellowships ranges from three to twenty-four months; and senior fellowships, three months. Each NATO country decides on the types of fellowship and the level of financial support it offers to individual fellows, as well as deciding on which scientific fields and professions it will support. The criteria for selection and the eligibility conditions therefore vary by country, but all applications are judged on scientific merit by independent committees of senior scientists. Science fellows generally choose the subject of research or study. The amount of a fellowship varies by country and depends upon the length of tenure. Usually NATO Science Fellowships cover travel and living costs.

If this page has been useful or you would like to add further organisations offering fellowships or even if links have changed (as they do!) then please feedback to enquiries@cruk.manchester.ac.uk

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