Cancer Council research grants, fellowships & scholarships

We support researchers with grants, fellowships and studentships. Our Research Governance & Optimal Care Unit coordinates funding selection with independent advice from several Research Award Committees.  Ensuring the best research is funded.

Key Dates 

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Cancer Council Victoria offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to Victorian scientists who have recently completed a PhD and who would benefit from an additional six months or year of research to achieve a significant milestone in the research based on their thesis work.     


Round two:

Applications now CLOSED

Applications close: Friday 7 October 2022 

Fellowships commence: 1 January 2023


Our Grants-in-Aid program funds research in Victorian universities, hospitals and medical research institutes.

2023 Dates

Expressions of interest open: May 2023

Expressions of interest close: June 2023

Full applications open: September 2023 

Full applications close: October 2023 

Summer Vacation Studentships  
We offer places to undergraduates to stimulate interest in cancer research.  



2023 Dates

Applications open: August 2023 

Venture Grants

These grants support innovative researchers with courageous ideas who would not be able to attract conventional funding.




Cancer Trials Management Scheme Competitive Grants

Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency have committed $1.5million to improve equity of access to clinical trials through capacity building. Three $500K projects will be funded for a maximum of 3 years.

This funding will be offered to projects that address an unmet need and build capacity to conduct and recruit to cancer clinical trials in supportive care and/or survivorship.  


Lyall Watts Mesothelioma Research Grant   
Funding for mesothelioma research in Victorian universities, hospitals and medical research institutes.


Sir Edward Dunlop Research Fellowship
A five year Fellowship for mid-career researchers who are at least 2 and less than 10 years from the date that their PhD (or equivalent qualification) was passed


Colebatch Clinical Research Fellowship 
The Colebatch Fellowship invests in the most outstanding mid-career cancer researchers in Victoria with the drive and aspiration to become a leader and the vision to achieve the next cancer breakthrough supports.


No funding from tobacco industry

Funding will not be granted to any researcher who is receiving or who is an applicant for funding from the tobacco industry or any of its agencies or subsidiaries including the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

Funding will be withdrawn from any researcher or research for which an application is made to, or funding received from, the tobacco industry or any of its agencies or subsidiaries during the currency of the grant.