NEW Career Progression Fellowships

Find out more about the  Career Progression Fellowships and how you can apply.

*****Applications now closed*****

Following the success of our Career Foundation Fellowships, we are thrilled to announce that the second of our new post-doctoral support schemes, the Pancreatic Cancer UK Career Progression Fellowships, these are now open to applications.

The Career Progression Fellowships will support researchers (clinical and non-clinical) with significant post-doctoral research experience in pancreatic cancer, to progress towards and/or establish their independence. They are intentionally flexible allowing applicants to define them (within some broad eligibility criteria), however, applicants will also have to clearly and convincingly justify why the budget, duration and fellowship type chosen enables them to realise their career goals in pancreatic cancer research.

This page is dedicated to the Career Progression Fellowships, if you are at an earlier stage in your career, you may be better suited for our Career Foundation Fellowships. We hope to have a second funding call for these in the future, you can find out more about them here.

Virtual Panel: How to write a strong Career Progression Fellowship application

If you are interested in applying to the Career Progression Fellowships, we recommend watching the recording the virtual panel that we held in May 2022. It contains useful information about the Fellowships and a panel of experts give their unique insights on how to write a strong Career Progression Fellowship application.

Watch Here

The Virtual Panel

We handpicked a panel of experts, with vast experience in applying for and reviewing fellowships. The panel is made up of:

  • Professor Michelle Garrett, Professor of Cancer Therapeutics in the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent and Visiting Professor of Cancer Therapeutics at the Institute of Cancer Research. Michelle has experience in applying for and undertaking a fellowship herself, as she was awarded the Lucille Markey International Research Fellowship, in 1991. Michelle is also the Chair of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Scientific Advisory Board that will be reviewing the Career Foundation Fellowship applications.
  • Dr Simon Vincent, Director of Research, Support and Influencing for Breast Cancer Now. Simon lead the team at Cancer Research UK that was responsible for the charities fellowship funding for 9 years and so has a deep understanding of the application process and what makes an applicant successful. He also spent a year at the Academy of Medical Sciences, supporting early-career biomedical researchers through mentoring, career support, policy development and by awarding grants. He is now working at Breast Cancer Now and is responsible for almost all of the charitable work that the charity does.
  • Dr Seth Coffelt, Senior Research Fellow, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research. Seth has been brought on to this panel as he has a wealth of expertise but is also a member of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Scientific Advisory Board. Therefore, he was part of the review process of the Career Foundation Fellowships and so can give key insights from the funding round.

Applying for a Career Progression Fellowship

If you are interested in applying for a Career Progression Fellowship, please read the relevant information below.

Key details

  • Eligible applicants will be:
    • Researchers with significant postdoctoral research experience that have made important contributions to pancreatic cancer research e.g. publications, patents, techniques, policy influence
    • PCUK Career Foundation Fellows may also apply
  • Open to applications from clinicians and non-clinicians
  • Proposals may focus on any aspect of research that aims to improve the lives of people affected by pancreatic cancer
  • Maximum duration: 3 years
  • Maximum size of award: £300,000
  • Applicant will be Principal Investigator but should have named Supervisor and Collaborators

Please note: we hope to be able to support three Career Development Fellowships in this round.

Key dates

  • Fellowships open for applications: Monday 14th February 2022
  • Application deadline: 1pm, Wednesday 1st June 2022
  • Funding decisions: November/December 2022
  • Successful Career Foundation Fellowships begin: Spring 2023

Before you apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the Guidance for Applicants and FAQs before completing their application.

Host Institutions 

Applicants need to demonstrate how their Host Institute(s) will provide meaningful and tangible career development support throughout and, potentially, after the Fellowship is completed. As such, we encourage candidates to contact their intended Host Institution as soon as possible in order discuss the means of support that can be made available to you if you are awarded the Fellowship.

All potential applicants and their Host Institutions should ensure that they have also reviewed Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Terms and Conditions, which set out the standard terms applicable to Career Foundation Fellowships funded by Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Applicants can undertake a proportion of their Fellowship in another (UK based or non-UK based) Institute of a named Collaborator however, Pancreatic Cancer UK will contract with one UK-based Host Institution only and it will be the responsibility of the Host Institution to agree subcontracts with the other Institutions involved in the Fellowship. Our experience is that this subcontracting takes a significant amount of time, so we advise you to coordinate discussion with the Institutes involved as soon as possible as you are developing your proposal. Applicants undertaking a proportion of their Fellowship at another Institute with a named Collaborator will also be required to include a signed letter of support from the Finance Department of the Institute.

Patient and Public Involvement

Applicants should be aware that their proposals will also be reviewed by people with lived experience of pancreatic cancer and are therefore strongly encouraged to demonstrate how they have already/intend to involve people with lived experience in the development and delivery of their work. At Pancreatic Cancer UK, we have a fantastic Research Involvement Network (RIN) made up of over 250 individuals that have been affected by pancreatic cancer including patients, carers, loved ones and survivors. They give valuable insight and help to ensure that research is centred around the needs of patients. If you would like members of RIN to help shape your application you can find out more about how to do this here. Please get in touch with the Research Team ( as soon as possible if you would like to discuss this further or if you have any questions.

How to apply

To submit your application for funding, please complete the Fellowship Proposal Template and email it to before the application deadline of 1pm, Wednesday 1st June 2022.

All applications for funding will be subject to a rigorous review process as detailed in our guidance notes for applicants. Final funding recommendations will be made by our international Scientific Advisory Board.


If you have any questions or queries about the Fellowship application process, we are more than happy to help or advise you. So please email ( or call the research team on 020 7820 6705.