Research grants

We support over 90 researchers with grants, fellowships and scholarships. Our Research Governance & Optimal Care Unit coordinates funding selection with independent advice from our Medical and Scientific Committee and Executive Committee, ensuring the best research is funded.

We also support the Victorian Cancer Biobank

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.     


2 rounds per year opening in February and August.

First round opens: Monday 1 February 2021

First round closes: Friday 9 April 2021

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

2 phase application process: expressions of interest with shortlisted applicants invited to submit a full application. 2021 dates TBC.

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

1 round per year opening in August.

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.


Venture Grants Scheme
The Venture Grants Scheme supports innovative researchers with courageous ideas who would not be able to attract conventional funding.


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Funding will be withdrawn from any researcher or research for which an application is made to, or funding received from, the tobacco industry or any of its agencies or subsidiaries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

Fund cancer research

Fund a specific type of cancer research and earn a research award. Your donation will help fund research at a leading Victorian hospital, university or research centre. 

Projects funded for 2019

Funding per tumour type

Find out how much Cancer Council Victoria has spent on external research for each tumour type.