The KKLF Fellowship Programme – Junior

Junior Research Fellowships (3 years)

The objective of the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Junior Research Fellowship programme is to support outstanding individuals wishing to pursue research into haematological malignancies.

The Fellowships are expected to cover a period of 3 years and are to be undertaken on a full-time basis in a recognised university, hospital, or other equivalent institution.

Designation of posts

The incumbents will be designated Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Junior Research Fellows.  There will be up to 3 such Junior Fellowships awarded annually, generally at least one from each of the following categories:

  • Scientific Fellow
  • Clinical Research Fellow

Non-medical scientists who will usually have 1-4 years’ postdoctoral experience and are intending to work either at a recognised UK research institution or seeking a travel fellowship for relevant work abroad may apply for a Scientific Fellowship with funding and administration via an appropriate UK institution.

Clinicians seeking funding for a PhD in the field of leukaemia research, usually at a UK centre, may apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship.

Personal and academic background of candidates

Applicants may be of any nationality but should have a recognised higher degree (PhD, MRCP, MRCPath or equivalent).

Topics of research

Applications will be considered on any aspect of the study of leukaemia interpreted in its broadest sense including but not limited to molecular biology and biochemistry, virology, immunology, cell biology, epidemiology and diagnostic and therapeutic strategies including gene transfer.  Persons seeking predominantly clinical training in the management of patients with leukaemia or allied disorders will not be eligible for KKLF Junior Research Fellowships.

Relationship with host institution

The applicant may or may not already have employment in the prospective host institution.  He/she will have discussed the project with the relevant Head of Department, who will provide a letter stating that he/she approves the planned research project and would welcome the applicant in his/her department for a period of 3 years or perhaps longer.

Starting date, duration and specification of Junior Fellowship

Each Junior Fellowship will formally start on 1 July but there will be some flexibility in the starting date. The duration will usually be for up to three years.  Fellows must provide annual progress reports together with a final report and Trustees reserve the right to terminate the Fellowship after one year if they receive an unsatisfactory report from the incumbent or from the host institution.

The Fellow will work under the direction of his/her designated research director.  Medically qualified Fellows will be permitted to do clinical work to the extent of one half-day per week or one weekend in four on call or both.

Level of remuneration, laboratory expenses, travel expenses

The incumbent will be remunerated at a level determined by the host institution, who will be the employer and thus responsible for paying the salary on a monthly basis.  The salary level, however, cannot exceed the top of the lecturer grade. KKLF will reimburse London Weighting and the employer’s contributions to National Insurance and relevant pension funds.  The incumbent will pay income tax in accordance with UK regulations.  A statement of salary costs for the 3 year period (including increments but excluding inflation) must accompany the application.  Nationally approved pay awards will be honoured following notification of the appropriate increases.  Applications for Travel Fellowships can include a family allowance cost element if appropriate.

KKLF will allocate up to £17,000 p.a. to contribute to the cost of laboratory consumables and a further amount up to £1,000 p.a. to cover travel costs to scientific meetings.  No overtime payments will be paid.

Research proposal

Applicants will be asked to complete the approved application form and supply a full CV and a fully referenced scientific proposal of between 3-5 single spaced pages with supporting documents and 2 academic references.  The application should be submitted by email only with all relevant signatures, documents, letters of support etc. Applications should also include a 2-page CV for each supervisor/mentor to include selected published papers and current grants.  The application will be treated as a confidential document, but will inevitably be seen by selected external reviewers.

Applications will be considered by the KKLF panel of Scientific Advisers and those shortlisted will be externally reviewed.  Applications will be judged on the basis of the qualifications of the applicant, the details of the research proposed and the appropriateness of the host institution.  Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in London in the New Year.

Invitations for applications and application deadlines

The availability of KKLF Junior Fellowships will be advertised in Nature, The British Journal of Haematology, The BMJ Clinical edition, and on in March and April 2021. The application process is competitive and subject to peer review.

The deadline for applications for the Junior Fellowships 2022 (ie any awarded are anticipated to start in 2022) is 1 July 2021 for consideration at the November 2021 meeting.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates are likely to be in October/November 2021.

For further information and/or an application form contact

The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund | The Peak | 5 Wilton Road | London SW1V 1AP
Tel: +44 (0)207 410 0330 | Email:
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