Fellowships provide an excellent early career development opportunity for experienced post-doctoral scientists or newly-appointed research group leaders. 

Applications are now closed.

Important update

Following a review of our current grant funding streams, applications for our Pilot grant and Fellowship grant schemes are not currently being accepted and will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to focus on funding high quality Project and PhD grant applications - our Project grant scheme will continue to open twice a year and our PhD grant scheme once a year as normal. Find out more about our funding schemes.

In addition to our Project and PhD grant funding schemes, we also recently launched a new Catalyst Grant funding scheme as part of our new Breast Cancer Now Catalyst Programme which aims to bring together Europe’s leading breast cancer researchers and the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to pool resources. This will allow us to fund more research than ever before and stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050. You can apply for Catalyst grants of up to £300,000, or up to £1 million. Find out more about our Catalyst Grants.

About Fellowship Grants

They allow you to develop your career as an independent researcher in a field relevant to breast cancer.

Key information


Early career researchers with up to nine years' post-doctoral research experience

Deadline for application submission


Funding decision


Grant duration

5 years

Maximum value of award


What areas of research will Breast Cancer Now support?

We are interested in funding research that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, and welcome applications from all disciplines. 

How to apply

You should be able to demonstrate a strong track record in your research area, and you should be planning to develop a long-term interest in breast cancer research.  When you apply, you should have between three and nine years' research experience from the date of lyour doctoral degree (PhD viva).

All applications must be made through our online grant application system. New applicants must register online to create a new account.

Review process

We use a preliminary screening step in our review process. Our Grants Committee (GC) carries out an initial review of all the applications and identifies those that it does not think will be competitive.

These applications will not be sent out for external peer review and will not be considered for funding.

If we are not going to take your application any further, we will let you know within 12 weeks of the application deadline, and we will send you feedback from the GC.

hortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel consisting of the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Grants Committee, along with other relevant experts from the GC.

Useful links and documents

Please visit our research projects section for recent Scientific fellowships awarded.

View research grants success rates [PDF]

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project, please contact the Research Funding Team grants_admin@breastcancernow.org or 0207 749 4121 before you submit your application.

From a researcher

James Flanagan, Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics at Imperial College London:

I've been fortunate enough to be awarded a Scientific Fellowship grant, enabled by funding from Asda's Tickled Pink. After five years of research with my Fellowship I have now been appointed to Senior Lecturer in my department. The Fellowship has given me the opportunity to achieve that. But more importantly to people affected by breast cancer, Breast Cancer Now’s Fellows are making discoveries that are leading to new ways to overcome the disease."

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