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Academic fellowships 

The Clinician Scientist Fellowship scheme offered by The Institute of Cancer Research, London, provides postdoctoral support to clinician scientists who have demonstrated strong scientific ability and potential. Funding includes a four-year, fixed-term salary appointed according to the applicant’s current NHS salary, and a research consumables budget of up to £30,000 per annum.

An ICR scientist working at a computer

Fellowships allow clinicians to undertake scientific research in the ICR’s laboratories at Chelsea or Sutton, while still remaining clinically active. Clinician scientist fellows typically spend between 20 and 50 per cent of their fellowship on clinical duties, usually at our partner hospital, The Royal Marsden.

During the course of their fellowship, clinician scientist fellows are expected to develop skills enabling them to conduct independent research, with a view to a long-term career in academic medicine.


All applicants must ensure that their proposed area of research fits within the scientific strategy of the ICR. Each application must be supported by a postdoctoral advisor who is a permanent member of Faculty at the ICR. It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify an appropriate advisor. Applicants should make contact with potential postdoctoral advisors to establish if they would be willing to support a Clinician Scientist Fellowship. A collaborative proposal would then need to be developed between the applicant and their proposed advisor. 

Applicants must hold a higher degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) in a scientific or clinical research area. They must also hold either consultant status, a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or a specialist training post with no more than two years’ full-time training remaining at the time of award. If an applicant has not completed specialist training at the time of submission, a clear plan for completion must be included in the application. All specialist training plans must be approved by the appropriate Royal College.

No minimum period of postdoctoral research experience is required, but applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong publication record.

Candidates of any nationality may apply to the scheme, but since fellows will be expected to maintain some clinical duties during the fellowship, applicants must be eligible to complete their training or practice clinically in the UK.

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