Cancer Pain Clinical Fellowships

Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF) and Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) in Child and Adolescent Cancer Pain

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This funding call is now closed and will reopen in June 2024.

The Medical Research Foundation is delighted to be co-funding with the Medical Research Council (MRC) a Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CSF) and a Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) in Child and Adolescent Cancer Pain .

We are inviting applications from clinicians who have the potential to be the research leaders of the future, to support research that will increase understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying Cancer Pain. Researchers whose work may lead to better understanding of prevention, treatment or management of cancer pain are welcome to apply.

Who can apply


The CSF supports registered health professionals including (but not limited to) nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, doctors, dentists, general practitioners and veterinarians. Applicants must have completed a PhD, have the skills and experience to transition to independence and show evidence of career progression.

The scheme supports clinically active healthcare professionals who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research plans, establish their own research team and make the transition to independence.


The pre-doctoral CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.

The post-doctoral CRTF provides a route for post-doctoral applicants who achieved their PhD some time ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments to reacquire research skills.

You may like to watch the MRC’s video on the CRTF for an introduction to the scheme.

Full eligibility and remit details are available on the MRC’s webpages above. Please visit these pages for information on remit, suitability, funding provided and deadlines.

Funding available


The Medical Research Foundation and the MRC will make the below costs available, for up to five years.

The CSF award will cover the full cost of your salary as well as:

  • research staff costs
  • consumable expenses
  • travel costs
  • appropriate capital equipment


The Medical Research Foundation and the MRC will make the below costs available, for up to three years.

  • Salary costs commensurate with your stage of training, up to but not including NHS consultant level
  • Up to £20,000 per year. This may cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees.


Closing Date: 16:00 Wednesday 3 April 2024

Shortlisting Decision: October 2024

Funding Decision: November 2024

How to Apply

Please visit the MRC’s dedicated CSF page or pre-doctoral CRTF page or post doctoral CRTF page for further details on how to apply.

All applications will be submitted through the UKRI Funding Service.

Please identify that you would like to apply for this joint funding opportunity with the Medical Research Foundation when asked in the application. Please find more information on joint funding here.

Support for our Fellows

We offer our funded Fellows support to promote their career development and aid their transition to independence. For more information, please contact the Research Team at


Any queries on the competition, the application process, or eligibility should be sent to or directly to the MRC.

Please contact the relevant MRC Programme Manager via email address to confirm your suitability for any MRC fellowship scheme.

Terms and Conditions of Award

Awards funded through this competition will follow standard Medical Research Council and Medical Research Foundation terms and conditions. The terms and conditions spell out the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation. The Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation are required to indicate their formal acceptance of the proposal, their acceptance of the terms and conditions of an award, and the approval of the salaries and resources sought in the application.

The Medical Research Foundation may add additional conditions to a grant award to reflect the particular circumstances and requirements of the funding, or the nature of a particular award. Acceptance of an award constitutes acceptance of both the core conditions and any additional conditions. The Medical Research Foundation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions.