RCR-Cyclotron Trust Visiting Fellowships

Applications are closed. 

Background

The RCR established the RCR–Cyclotron Trust Visiting Fellowships to provide opportunities for clinical oncologists to visit particle treatment centres abroad. The purpose of the visits is to enable successful applicants to achieve a greater understanding of the role of particle therapy in the wider spectrum of advanced radiotherapy. The Visiting Fellowships are made possible by a generous financial donation from The Cyclotron Trust, for which the RCR would like to express its gratitude.

Nature

The aim of the Fellowships is to promote a greater understanding of the potential of carbon ion therapy (CBIT) and to increase awareness of new and established applications of particle therapy.  The assessors will look favourably upon paired applications to visit carbon ion centres where there are also opportunities for Fellows to engage with those practising proton therapy and, if available, other ions (e.g. helium). Consideration will be given to paired applications to proton centres without CBIT, except from consultant applicants currently working at a UK proton therapy centre. Applicants should also consider applying for the Fellowships in order to learn more about Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) during visits where this is possible.

There are four CBIT facilities operating in Europe currently with more planned. New centres are also planned in the USA whilst six are operating in Japan and three in China. Visit proposals are therefore now invited to go to centres that provide a service of carbon ions. Priority will be given to applications to visit one of the four European carbon ion centres (Heidelberg, Marburg, Pavia and Med-AUSTRON). Consideration will be given to proposals to visit carbon ion therapy centres in China or Japan but, such applications would need to be exceptional. 

These visits, anticipated to be up to (but no longer than) two weeks, will contribute towards achieving the highest possible standard for a modern, world-class radiotherapy service in the UK. A key component of this is clearly to develop the knowledge and expertise of Clinical Oncologists and Medical Physicists regarding particle therapy

Funding

Funding of up to a maximum of £2,000 per visit will be available. For paired applications, funding up to a maximum of £2,000 will be available for each applicant. 

Eligibility

The Fellowships are open to Consultants and post-FRCR Specialist Registrar Clinical Oncologists who are members or Fellows of the RCR in good standing, resident in the United Kingdom and in active clinical practice at the time of the award/visit. Consultants should be practicing at least in part, in the NHS. Proposals for ‘paired’ visits with a colleague from medical physics are strongly encouraged and will be given preference.

There will be up to five Fellowships per College year (September to September) and all visits must be undertaken within 12 months of the award being made. Paired applications count as one Fellowship. The successful applicant(s) will be required to submit a report to the CO Professional Support and Standards Board at the end of the Fellowship visit.

All applications and enquiries should be submitted to the Professional Support and Standards Administrator


A list of current and previous successful applicants is available.