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Clinical Research Fellowships

Medical Research Council (MRC) and Pancreatic Cancer UK Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CTRFs)

We joint fund CRTFs in pancreatic cancer with the MRC. These Fellowships provide up to three years' support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training within the UK. Fellows are required to register for a research degree, normally a PhD, based on research undertaken during the fellowship.

The CRTFs provide a competitive personal salary up to but not including NHS consultant level, and funding of up to £20,000 per year. This may cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees. Proposals requesting costs outside these limits will not be considered.

Key dates:

Opening Date

Closing Date


Meeting/Interview Dates


4pm on 02/09/20


03/03/21 - 04/03/21


4pm on 07/01/21 


15/06/21 - 16/06/21


 4pm on 07/04/21 


17/11/21 - 18/11/21

How to apply

Applications to these scheme are managed by the MRC. Visit their website for information on further scheme requirements and eligibility and how to apply.

Applicants seeking a joint fellowship are also required to fill out a joint funding form which is available, along with further guidance on the MRC website.

Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Pancreatic Cancer UK Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships

We also joint fund Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships (PCAF) in pancreatic cancer with the NIHR. PCAF fund personalised programmes of academic training that equip awardees with the skills and experience to access doctoral-level funding, and give dedicated time to prepare an application for a competitive, peer-reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship. The PCAF is a two year award (or can be taken up part-time over 30 or 40 months) during which you will split your time equally between your clinical position and the academic training funded through the award. Alternatively, you can undertake academic training on a full-time basis and complete the award in 12 months. As an applicant, you can request up to 20% clinical development time paid for through the award (this would constitute part of the academic training time).

Applicants for a PCAF award can request funding to cover up to 50% of the award holder’s salary to support the academic component of the Fellowship. If undertaking the academic training over 12 months, the award will cover 100% of the salary for the duration of the award including the employer's contribution to National Insurance and Superannuation. Funding can also be used for training and development programme costs up to £6,000 and supervision and mentorship costs up to £1,000

The Fellowship does not include, or pay for, any research costs or full economic costing.

How to apply

***This scheme has now closed***

Applications to these scheme are managed by the NIHR. Visit their website for information on further scheme requirements, eligibility and how to apply.

Applicants seeking a joint fellowship are required to state this in the ‘Applicant Summary Information’ section of the application form.

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) and Pancreatic Cancer UK Fellowship

***Deadline extended to the 31st January 2021***

The ASGBI and Pancreatic Cancer UK are delighted to offer a fellowship to support a Trainee or Junior Consultant (within 5 years of first appointment) with an interest in advancing the clinical management of pancreatic cancer.  This individual will visit centres of excellence abroad and bring this experience back to the NHS to advance our clinical expertise within the UK.

The successful candidate will be offered a grant of up to £3,000 to assist with travel costs, accommodation, and to provide a reasonable living allowance for the period of Fellowship. They will also have provided details of the centre/s they wish to visit, and the candidates are expected to have had agreement from their preceptor/s to visit their unit/s.  The successful candidate will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation in accordance with ASGBI policies.  Candidates must be willing to undertake travel of up to 2 weeks (10 working days), which may be taken over two separate trips. 

For more info and to apply please visit the ASGBI website. 


For any queries relating to the fund please email research@pancreaticcancer.org.uk  or 020 7820 6705.