Funding by career stage

Securing funding is critical for conducting effective research. The table below contains links to the main funding opportunities organised by career stage. These pages include only the larger national funding bodies and are not exhaustive; much research that is conducted is funded by local institutions and charities. Check with your centre.  See the additional sources of funding page for more opportunities. If you think there are organisations missing from this list please let us know at research@rcr.ac.uk 

Funding bodyTypeWho is eligibleTenureFunding

Pre-research degree     

National Institute for Health ResearchAcademic Clinical FellowshipPart of the academic training programmeDepends on stage of training, usually 3 years25% of time to be spent in research
Cancer Research UKPre-doctoral research bursaryClinicians pre-PhD without another fellowshipSingle grant£25k for salary or research expenses

Research degree    

Wellcome Trust

PhD training fellowships for clinicians

Clinicians without a PhD3 yearsSalary at clinical level, PhD fees, research costs
Cancer Research UK*

Clinical Trial Fellowship Award

Clinicians in specialist training with an application supported by a Clinical Trial Unit3 years£50,000 a year towards salary and running expenses, host institution expected to match this

Medical Research Council

Clinical research training fellowships

Candidates without a PhD or who have started their PhD but have not been registered for more than 12 months3 years, occasionally 2 or 4salary at clinical level, costs of £20,000 per annum
National Institute for Health Research

Doctoral research fellowship

Candidates without a PhD or who have started their PhD but have not been registered for more than 12 months

3 years, LTFT available

salary at clinical level and consumables

​Post doctoral funding    

National Institute for Health Research

Academic Clinical Lectureship

Candidates with a PhD, less than 5 years of post-doctoral experience and the support of a host institutionDepends on remaining training time50% of salary costs

Medical Research Council

Clinical research training fellowships

Candidates who obtained their PhD 5 or more years ago but have not been research active3 years, occasionally 2 or 4salary at clinical level, research costs

Wellcome trust

Intermediate clinical fellowships

Completed or about to complete a PhD4-5 yearssalary and research costs
Cancer Research UKPost-doctoral Research Bursary for Clinical TraineesClinicians with a higher degree, a national training number and salary support2 years£35,000 for research expenses (not salary)

*CRUK also fund a number of clinical PhD programmes through individual centres.  Contact the centres directly for information. The Cancer Research UK Centres are: Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle Centre, Oxford Centre, Southampton and in London: Barts, King’s College, Imperial College, UCL and the Institute of Cancer Research