Col Reynolds Fellowships

Future proofing childhood cancer research by attracting and retaining scientists in the field.

Support Funding the Future of Childhood Cancer Research

Founded in 1993, The Kids' Cancer Project has invested over $70 million into childhood cancer research since its inception. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the charity and to ensure ground-breaking medical research into childhood cancer continues, The Kids' Cancer Project has established the Col Reynolds Fellowships. Named for founder Col Reynolds OAM, the aim of the Fellowships is to future proof childhood cancer research by encouraging new researchers and retaining talented scientists in the field of childhood cancer research.

From 2023 to 2030, The Kids' Cancer Project have earmarked 25 Fellowships and PhD scholarship top ups. 

The second round of the Col Reynolds Fellowships in 2023 will consist of:

  • 2 Early Career Scientists @ $170,000 each p.a. for three years
  • 2 Mid-Career Researchers @ $206,000 each p.a. for three years
  • 2 Clinical Fellowships - Medical @ $92,000 each p.a. for three years
  • 2 Clinical Fellowships - Allied Health & Nurses @ $68,000 each p.a. for three years
  • 3 PhD Scholarships @ $10,000 each p.a. for four years

All applications have now closed

Less than 5% of government funding goes to support early-career researchers and only 3.5% of mid-career researchers (6 to 15 years post-PhD) will continue a career in research. This leads to many of the best and brightest young researchers leaving the research community, negatively impacting the pipeline of future early to mid-career cancer researchers in Australia.

The Col Reynolds Fellowships seek to encourage talented young researchers by supporting PhD students, early and mid-career researchers and young clinicians. 

Prevention is key in improving serious health outcomes in child survivors. Focused funding towards Australia’s best and brightest scientists from career outset to its pinnacle is crucial in expanding our knowledge across all childhood cancers if we are to ensure 100% healthy survival of Aussie kids.

We are able to achieve our commitment of investing $7.9 million towards the Col Reynolds Fellowships only thanks to the generous support of the community. Help us assist talented young researchers and keep them in the field by making a donation today.

The Kids’ Cancer Project Research Focuses

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Hypothesis driven, innovative basic (T0-discovery) research that will improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of childhood cancer and identify novel, safe and effective new treatment strategies and technologies that will have the potential to translate to patient benefit in the clinic.

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High-quality clinical research (T1-T4) programs and processes that are informed by discovery research, will directly translate to a patient benefit and facilitate equal access to clinical care resulting in a positive impact on survival rates and quality of life for all children with cancer.

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Research programs and services aimed at enhancing cancer care by managing long-term effects, reducing side effects, improving service delivery, and engaging patients. Implementing these improvements in standard care will provide sustainable and improved care for cancer survivors.

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Build resources, infrastructure and research tool kits that will facilitate high quality research and future proof the childhood cancer research landscape. Build networks and partnerships to increase funding capacity, shape policy/process and increase awareness and support from government agencies, industry, philanthropic partners and the community.

About the Fellowships

Starting in 2023, the inaugural Col Reynolds Fellowships will be an investment of over $7.9 million into future proofing childhood cancer research by encouraging new researchers and retaining talented scientists in the field of childhood cancer research.

  • PhD Top-up Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student to undertake childhood cancer research that aligns with priority areas and the strategy of The Kids’ Cancer Project. Applications for top up scholarships do not require an EOI.
  • Clinical Research Fellowships will attract and retain the brightest and most promising clinical researchers who have a demonstrated passion for improving the outcome for children with cancer. Funding will provide an opportunity for qualified medical and allied health clinicians and research nurses to develop research capabilities and increase research capacity in areas relevant to childhood cancer.
  • Career Development Fellowships will support the career advancement of early and mid-career childhood cancer researchers through the development of research and leadership skills while encouraging team-based research and collaborations. The funding will support innovative and/or novel approaches to childhood cancer research that will achieve significant outcomes and demonstrate valuable findings for kid’s facing childhood cancer.

We are committed to provide $7.9 million towards those fellowships, which is only possible thanks to the generous donations of our supporters. Investment in the Col Reynolds Fellowships aims to future proof childhood cancer research by investing in the next generation of researchers and retaining the brilliantly talented scientists already making great strides in the field of childhood cancer research. The vision of this investment is to ensure every child with cancer survives to leave a long and healthy life free from any side-effects. 

Successful applicants of the 2023 Fellowships announced

With an investment of over $7.9 million, The Kids’ Cancer Project is ensuring that some of the best and brightest young researchers in Australia can further their careers and most importantly, their impact on childhood cancer research.

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