The Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) Mid-Career Research Fellowship Scheme supports mid-career researchers undertaking high-quality translational cancer research as defined in the VCA funding rules.

About the Fellowship

The grants aim to support and retain talented individuals in the field of cancer research in Victoria. 

The objectives of the VCA Mid-Career Research Fellowship Scheme are to:

  • Support high quality cancer research conducted by mid-career researchers who can demonstrate clear evidence of translational research capacity.
  • Provide funding as a means of enhancing competitiveness of mid-career researchers to enable them to leverage further funding from granting bodies or industry.

Mid-Career Research Fellowships:

  • Provide the salary of the researcher
  • Support the direct research costs of undertaking the research project.

Please note: The Victoria-USA Cancer Fellowship Exchange Program will not be offered in 2021 due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and uncertainty around international travel restrictions.

The Mid-Career Research Fellowship will include 2 streams:


These fellowships are available for laboratory-based researchers or researchers who require laboratory-based research as part of their project, incorporating any aspect of translational biomedical research relevant to cancer.

Projects that are not laboratory-based but are dependent on outsourcing of laboratory-based services for the conduct of the research proposal (e.g. bioinformatics, imaging or radiotherapy-based projects) should apply through the Biomedical Research Stream.

Non-biomedical (incorporating nursing, allied health, clinical, health services research and prevention research)

These fellowships are available for any other aspect of translational research to improve cancer outcomes. Laboratory-based researchers are not eligible to apply under this stream.

Applications for the Non-biomedical Research Stream are encouraged from nurses, allied health professionals, clinicians, supportive care researchers, cancer survivorship researchers, health economists, behavioural scientists, statisticians, bioinformaticians (excluding projects that are reliant on laboratory-based services), epidemiologists, and other disciplines of non-laboratory based researchers conducting research across the continuum of cancer care.

Before you begin

Read the Mid-Career Research Fellowship Scheme 2021 Guidelines (Word) to confirm eligibility.

Review the following attachments that may be required:

  • Completed Research Output and Leadership Template (for the Chief Investigator) - This document should describe all relevant qualifications, previous appointments, achievements, a top 5 list of publications, a total number of relevant publications, research leadership and other research related activities. This document must not exceed 8 pages with size 10 Arial font. Documents greater than 8 pages will not be provided to the evaluation panel.
  • Part-time supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • List of Publications
  • Head of Research Team report
  • Completed Research Proposal Template
  • Completed Consumer Evaluation Panel Form template
  • Completed Administering Organisation Certification Form
  • Completed Research Organisation Certification Form (if different to Administering Organisation).



Closing date
Monday, 13 September 2021 - 2:00 pm AEST
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