The Christie International Fellowship Programme

The Christie offers opportunities to undertake prestigious fellowships at Europe’s largest single site comprehensive cancer centre. We welcome fellows from every discipline, including medical, nursing, pharmacy and other cancer professionals.

All fellows at The Christie, no matter what their focus, are offered:

  • Unparalleled access to clinical and technical experts with a wealth of experience in their specialist fields
  • Opportunity to participate in one of the largest and most well-respected cancer research communities in the UK 
  • Experience and support to become a clinical educator 

If you cannot find what you're looking for or if you would like further information about a post, please contact us at

The Christie International Fellowship Programme newsletter

The Christie International Fellowship Programme Newsletter showcases the achievements and experiences of some of our current and former Christie Fellows.

The Christie offers a range of fellowship opportunities. Fellowships may include working as a trainee with one of our specialist clinical teams, or as a researcher within our world-renowned clinical research facility.

Christie fellowships are generally advertised via NHS Jobs, but the Trust is able to work with individual organisations to create bespoke programmes for a range of health care professionals, including nurses, scientists, radiographers, etc. Please contact the Trust for further details.

Comments from recent fellows include:

"Great team, very supportive. Excellent job if considering a career in oncology – good CV building opportunities and many available projects to work on."
Best job I’ve ever had since working in the NHS!
I’m overall very pleased with the programme. I am well supported amongst a team of consultants and have ample opportunities for additional research work.

The Christie offers a wide range of learning opportunities for fellows looking to develop their specialist knowledge and skills in oncology. Depending on the specialty and level of training, fellows may need to take an Out Of Programme Experience (OOPE) to complete their fellowship.

For more information, please discuss this with your training programme director (TPD) or the supervisor for the Fellowship you are considering applying for.

The Christie welcomes international trainees, and we have a vast amount of experience working with fellows from across the globe. If you are interested in working in the UK, please take a look at the information on the Health Education England website, which provides useful information to help you decide whether coming to work in the UK is the right option for you.

There are some requirements for working in the UK; please see the links below which guide candidates on their next steps. The application and agreement process for arranging a fellowship is complex and depending on the position, we suggest allowing at least 6 months to make any arrangements before the proposed starting date.

To work in the UK, you need to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). If you are from the European Union, you are eligible for full registration with the GMC. If you are from outside the European Union, you need to have passed the PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board) Tests, or get an exemption. This is the test the GMC uses to ensure international doctors have the basic medical competence and communication skills to practice in the UK.

Overseas doctors applying for GMC registration need to also demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of the English language. To do this, they must meet certain requirements in the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

If you currently live outside the UK, you may require a work visa. Information on this can be obtained from the Home Office website.

In addition to the above, you may also require the following documentation:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Reference from current employer
  • A Letter of Good Standing from local Constabulary or Ministry of Justice Department
  • An up-to-date Police Check from home country or country of employment/study

Please note that you should not book any UK travel or accommodation until you are advised to do so by The Christie medical workforce team. Further checks will need to be completed after your arrival in the UK before you are able to begin in your Fellowship post, including an Occupational Health check.

There are several ways that fellows can undertake their placement at The Christie, and many are directly sponsored by their current employers. Where fees may apply to a fellowship programme, these will be discussed with candidates. It should be noted that all costs associated with obtaining a licence to work in the UK must be met independently by the fellow or through a sponsoring organisation.

The Christie encourages enthusiastic fellows to apply for their own funding. Some potential funding opportunities are shown below (other options may also be available to you in your country of nationality):

For laboratory research-focused clinical fellowships and clinical fellowships working towards a PhD, MD or MRes, posts are often advertised with the funding attached.

Opportunities are advertised on the NHS Jobs website as well as the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre website and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute website. Masters in Research and PhD positions are also advertised via The University of Manchester.

The Christie International

Working as part of an internationally recognised centre of excellence, The Christie International's ambition is to become the partner of choice in providing specialist cancer advice, guidance, training, and education to healthcare providers across the world.

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