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Post-doctoral research fellowships (non-clinical) 2017

The deadline for applications for  2017 has now passed.

We invite preliminary Fellowship applications from outstanding post-doctoral researchers seeking to develop an independent career in childhood cancer research.

Our Fellowships are for five years and include salary costs, plus additional support of up to £20,000 pa for basic laboratory costs and attendance at relevant conferences and meetings.

Calls for Fellowship applications are usually issued in February each year, with awards made in December.

Important Dates & Times

    Deadline for preliminary application

  • 20/06/2017 5:00 pm
  • Deadline for full application

  • 14/09/2017
  • Awards made

  • 18/12/2017

Eligible Research

Applicants’ research must be in line with at least one of the objectives set out in our research strategy:

  1. To improve knowledge of the genetic and environmental causes and relevant biological mechanisms of childhood cancers.

  2. To identify diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for childhood cancers.

  3. To optimise and develop more effective and less toxic treatments for children with cancer, with a special focus on those forms of cancer that still carry a poor prognosis.

  4. To understand the long-term health implications of childhood cancer and its treatment.

Who can apply?

    • We invite applications from individuals working in any area of childhood cancer research – including biology, aetiology, prevention, treatment and survival.
    • We are looking to support outstanding researchers who have an excellent track record in their previous work and who can demonstrate the promise of becoming future research leaders.
    • Applicants must demonstrate at least two years’ and no more than eight years’ post-doctoral experience relevant to childhood cancer at the time of submitting the preliminary proposal (measured from date of PhD viva).
    • The Fellowships are intended to provide researchers with their first chance to establish independence.
    • The applicant must have the support of an Institution and Department (in the UK) that is willing to host them as Fellow and to act as Sponsor for their research.

Application Process

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Preliminary application

Preliminary applications are reviewed by our grants panel who will decide which to put through to the second stage.
Deadline: 5pm, 20th June 2017

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Deadline for full application

Short-listed candidates are required to submit a detailed application. Forms and guidance documents will be sent to the applicants directly. Completed applications will then be sent for peer review.
Deadline: 5pm, 14th September 2017.

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Short-listed candidates are expected to provide a brief presentation to the panel followed by individual interviews.
Interviews are in late November 2017.

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Awards announced

Awards are announced in December 2017, following Trustee ratification, and the Fellowships are expected to commence in 2018.

Application Documents

Fellowship call guidelines

Download the call guidelines (PDF)

2017 Fellowship preliminary application form

Download the application form (Word)

Fellowship CV template

Download the CV template (Word)


Neil Meemaduma – 020 7404 0808

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