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BCFNZ Fellowship Programme

BCFNZ's Fellowship Programme offers two $80,000 scholarships each year to fund innovative research by a New Zealand scientist or clinician.

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.

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Applications for 2019 Fellowships are open from July 31, 2018. Applications close September 30, 2018. Results will be announced November 13, 2018.

The focus of our 2019 fellowships is prevention and treatment of metastatic breast cancer (mBC) – including extending survival and improving quality of life. We recognise the need for international collaboration and learning opportunities; for this reason, the fellowships may be undertaken either in NZ or overseas.

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. The fellowship may be undertaken in NZ or overseas.

Belinda Scott Clinical Fellowship: Studies may comprise 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.

Any questions? Email Adele Gautier on grants@bcf.org.nz To apply, visit our online grants portal.