Pathway to Independence Programme

Event Date:
19 November 2018 09:00 to 20 November 2018 16:00

Pathway to Independence – developing future clinical academic leaders in cancer research. 

This career development and leadership programme is aimed at early-career clinical academics from across the BRC network.

19 and 20 November 2018, Møller Centre, Cambridge

This intensive residential course will provide 26 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 personality and leadership, managing your first team, and balancing priorities

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

For 2018, we are excited to welcome the following key note speakers:

  • Professor Nick Turner, The Institute of Cancer Research
  • Professor Charlie Swanton, Cancer Research UK / The Francis Crick Institute
  • Professor David Mole, University of Oxford

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 NIHR BRCs with a cancer theme, with a small number of places also available for other clinical academics working in cancer research.

How to apply

For candidates from The Royal Marsden / Institute of Cancer Research:

For candidates from the following organisations, please contact the person below:


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 have any questions about the programme or your eligibility.