Pathway to Independence Programme

Pathway to Independence - Clinical Academics in Cancer Research is a career development and leadership programme aimed at early-career clinical academics from across the BRC network

Pathway to Independence - Clinical Academics in Cancer Research residential

1-2 November 2016, Møller Centre, Cambridge

This intensive residential will provide 24 early career clinical researchers with:

  • advice and coaching to become independent researchers 
  • inspiration, peer group support, mentorship, advice and networking opportunities

The programme will include

  • an interactive session focused on writing applications, covering the principles of peer review and mock review panels
  • mock fellowship interviews and abstract writing workshops
  • seminars on working with industry, getting published and balancing priorities

Presented by clinical academics working in cancer research and key funders.

Who is eligible to apply?

Early-career clinical academics interested in becoming independent researchers, in particular, those that are thinking of applying for a Clinician Scientist Fellowship in the next 6-18 months. This programme is focussed on the skills needed to apply for a clinician scientist fellowship and to deliver that research. Participants should hold, or be in their final year of, a research doctorate (PhD/MD). Places are open to clinical academics nominated by RM/ICR BRC, Oxford BRC, Cambridge BRC, UCLH BRC, GOSH BRC, Moorfields BRC, Imperial BRC or Guy's and St Thomas' BRC, with a small number of places also available for other clinical academics working in cancer research.

How to apply

Applications have now closed. if you would like to be considered for the reserve list, please contact [email protected] for further details. 

Pre-course preparation

If you successfully secure a place on the programme, you will have the opportunity to peer review funding applications, participate in mock interviews and peer review abstracts. Participants will be offered the unique opportunity to put forward their own applications and abstracts to be peer reviewed by other participants and may be selected to participate in a mock interview. 

There will be some pre-course preparation required which will be sent to participants at least two weeks before the meeting.

Please contact [email protected] if you would have any questions about the programme or your eligibility.

Pathway to Independence - Clinical Academics in Cancer Research skills workshops

A series of focused follow-up sessions exploring issues raised at the residential in more detail will be held in early 2017.