Clinical Research Training Fellowships

The Brain Tumour Charity partners with the MRC to jointly fund brain tumour Clinical Research Training Fellowships on a rolling basis with two grant rounds per year.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the largest and most experienced dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK, spending over £10 million to date on research. We fund research into the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours and are keen to increase clinical research capacity in the brain tumour field.

Purpose and Scope

The Brain Tumour Charity and MRC have set up a partnership to jointly fund Clinical Research Training Fellowships to encourage and support new research talent in neuro-oncology. These fellowships will provide up to three years' support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training in the bio-medical sciences within the UK. A further year's funding is available for patient orientated clinical research training fellowships. The scheme is designed to accommodate the dual clinical-research training career path by allowing fellows to spend up to 20 per cent of their time on NHS sessions. Fellows are required to register for a research degree, normally a PhD, based on research undertaken during the fellowship.

Funding provided

The fellowship provides a competitive personal salary up to but not including NHS consultant level, and a research training support grant of up to £20,000 per year (or £60,000 over the three year period). This may cover consumables, PhD fees, equipment, conference travel, other course fees; however, each item must be separately costed and justified. Where animals are requested for the project, funding may be sought separately from the research training support grant. If the fellowship includes an element of research training outside the UK, overseas travel to the training centre and living allowances may also be requested separately from the research training support grant.

How to apply

Applicants must apply through the MRC Je-S system and further information about this scheme can be found on the MRC website

Key dates

There will be two funding calls each year.

The dates for the current funding round are provided below:

Opening date: 10 November 2016 - Now closed

Submissions by: 12 January 2017

Short listing: May 2017

Interviews: 20-21 June 2017

Take up dates: August 2017 - January 2018

Dates for the subsequent funding rounds are as follows:

Opening date: 27 July 2017

Submissions by: 6 September 2017

Short listing: February 2018

Interviews: 6-7 March 2018

Take up dates: April 2018 - September 2018


Opening date: 10 November 2017

Submissions by: 10 January 2018

Short listing: May 2018

Interviews: 19-20 June 2018

Take up dates: August 2018 - January 2019

Further information

Please see the MRC website and contact MRC in case of queries.