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Cancer Council research grants, fellowships & scholarships

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.     


Round two:

Applications open: Monday 5 September 2022 

Applications close: Friday 7 October 2022 

Fellowships commence: 1 January 2023

Venture Grants

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

Expressions of interest closed: Monday 4 April 2022

Expressions of interest close: 5pm Friday 29 April 2022 

Full applications open: 3 June 2022 

Full applications close: 5pm 1 July 2022  


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

Expressions of interest now OPEN

2 phase application process:

Expressions of interest open: Monday 23 May 2022 with shortlisted applicants invited to submit a full application from Monday 5 September 2022 

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



1 round per year opening Monday 8 August 2022.

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. 

Funding per tumour type

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