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BCFNZ 2020 Fellowship Programme - Applications Open

Improving breast cancer detection, treatment and support

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Fellowships provide the opportunity for a researcher or clinician to further develop their career, and at the same time to advance BCFNZ’s mission: Pushing for new frontiers in early detection, treatment and support in support of our long term vision of “Zero deaths from breast cancer”.

In 2020, we will offer TWO fellowships, valued at $80,000 each

  • 1 x clinical fellowship; 1 x science fellowship
  • Fellowships may be taken in NZ or overseas (may also be used to augment an international fellowship)
  • People returning from overseas are encouraged to apply (the proposed fellowship project could run alongside part-time clinical FTE)

Your fellowship can be on any subject, but here are some areas that interest us:

  • Advances in early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Pilots of new treatments, technologies and pathways
  • Reducing variations in care
  • Reducing inequity
  • Metastatic breast cancer prevention, treatment and support

The Ronald Kay Science Fellowship is named for Ronald Kay, retired breast surgeon, patron and founding trustee of BCFNZ, long-time chair of BCFNZ’s medical advisory committee, founder member of the Auckland Breast Cancer Study Group, Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The Belinda Scott Clinical Fellowship is named for Belinda Scott, retired breast surgeon, co-founder of BCFNZ, former BCFNZ medical advisory committee chair, and pioneer of sentinel node biopsy in NZ.

Applications are open from now until September 30, 2019.

If you’d like to discuss your fellowship idea, or have any questions please contact Adèle Gautier, Research Manager, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, 09 304 0961 or grants@bcf.org.nz

Fellowship Details

Ronald Kay Science Fellowship: Translational or basic science research, with a focus on mBC epidemiology, prevention of mBC, detection and diagnosis of metastases, new treatments or new treatment combinations, treatment resistance and response.

Proposed studies should have clear and significant potential to prevent metastasis, extend mBC patient survival, improve quality of life, or improve our understanding of mBC epidemiology, inequities or biology.

Applications with clinical potential in the short to medium term will be regarded more favourably than those with only long-term potential.

Applicants can be at any stage of their career. Funding will be for a maximum of $80,000+GST, to be paid over a period of one or two years, allowing flexibility for applicants to conduct the proposed study either full or part time. Applicants may use the funds to employ staff to assist with their work.

Belinda Scott Clinical Fellowship: Studies may comprise of clinical research (including diagnostic or therapeutic interventions, trials and pilots); improving diagnostic or treatment pathways or guidelines and adherence thereto; addressing inequities; taking clinical practice in NZ to a new level; or testing / establishing / evaluating quality of life interventions.

Eligibility and funding: Applicants may be at the start of specialisation (e.g. in pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgery, public health or general practice) and seeking to advance their skills in breast cancer with an emphasis on metastatic breast cancer. Alternatively, applicants may be at any stage of their career seeking to train in and introduce or extend clinical practice, or to develop clinical leadership experience. Funding will be for a maximum of $80,000+GST, to be paid over a period of one or two years, allowing flexibility for applicants to conduct the proposed study full or part time. Applicants may use the funds to employ staff to assist with their work.

The fellowship is open to NZ-based applicants, but may be undertaken in NZ or overseas.

Applications now open and will close on September 30, 2019

If you’d like to discuss your fellowship idea, or have any questions please contact Adèle Gautier, Research Manager, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, 09 304 0961 or grants@bcf.org.nz