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Nurses encouraged to take up research fellowships

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Nurses who want to take part in oncology research are being encouraged to apply for a range of charity fellowships tailored specifically for nursing.

Cancer Research UK has three types of new and existing fellowship designed to encourage nurse-led research. They are intended to enable nurses to pursue a research career while continuing their clinical work.

The nursing research training fellowship is the charity’s established junior (PhD) level fellowship. Four nurses are currently being funded by the scheme and new places for it will be advertised in October.

Secondly, there is the clinical nurse scientist fellowship, which requires applicants to already have a PhD in a cancer-relevant research project. It allows further research experience at a post-doctoral level, providing funding for the fellow’s salary plus that of a research assistant and running costs.

Places for this and a third scheme, the senior clinical nurse research fellowship, will be advertised in September. This third fellowship allows academic clinical nurses to develop an independent research group and become a research leader.

‘Cancer Research UK strongly recognises the need for high quality nurse-led research,’ said a spokesperson for the charity.

‘We are keen to increase the profile of our funding opportunities for nurse-led research, to encourage high-quality future applications from nurses who are keen to follow an academic career path,’ she said.

‘Although nurses have always been able to apply for Cancer Research UK clinical fellowships, these fellowships may have appeared more relevant to clinicians. We have now specifically detailed how the schemes are relevant for nurses, and given them separate names to recognise the difference,’ she added.

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