Research Involvement Network opportunity: Be part of the review process for Pancreatic Cancer UK's Career Progression Fellowship awards

Due to the success of our Career Foundation Fellowships, we have launched second of our new post-doctoral support schemes, the Pancreatic Cancer UK Career Progression Fellowships.

We are asking for members of the Research Involvement Network to review the applications that we receive. No scientific knowledge is needed; we are looking for reviews from the perspective of pancreatic cancer patients and their carers, families and loved ones.

Career Progression Fellowships

At Pancreatic Cancer UK, we understand the importance of investing in the pancreatic cancer researchers of the future. Which is why we have developed two fellowships to support early-career researchers. The second of these, the Career Progression Fellowships, will support clinical and non-clinical researchers that already have significant experience in pancreatic cancer research, but need support to help them establish their independence.

More information about the duration, funding and timelines of these awards can be found here.

Being a lay reviewer 

We believe it is so important to have the voice of people affected by pancreatic cancer at the heart of our decision making processes, including which research projects we fund. Being a lay reviewer simply means that you are providing a review with lived insight of pancreatic cancer, through being a patient, carer or loved one. The process of being a laying reviewer is very simple and highlighted below:

  • Lay reviewers will be sent a small number of applications, a guidance document and a template for completing your review.
  • We recommend reading through the guidance document first, before any applications.
  • Reviewers should then read through their applications and complete the feedback template to give their thoughts on the application. The review template highlights which sections may be of interest to read and the guidance suggests questions you should think about when providing your review.
  • Completed reviews should be sent back to the research team before the specified deadline.

All lay reviews, will be combined with scientific reviews, and sent to our Scientific Advisory Board, which is made up of experts in the field of pancreatic cancer research and people that have been affected by pancreatic cancer. The Board will then meet and decided which applications should progress to interview, then interview them before making final recommendations to the Charity.

What sort of commitment is needed?

Once a reviewer has been assigned applications, we would appreciate if they could complete the reviews. However, beyond this, there is no on-going commitment required.

Next steps

If you have any questions about this opportunity or would like to take part, please contact the Research Team ( by 20th June 2022.