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Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company that uses cutting-edge technology and innovative science to discover new medicines for patients. In partnership the Oxford Medical Sciences Division, Celgene has co-developed and provided support for a Translational Research Fellowship Programme. The goals of this scheme are to stimulate new scientific discovery and translation and to facilitate skills transfer between researchers in academia and industry.  

Funding will be awarded to Oxford Principal Investigators to support 3 year fellowship projects for early career researchers that demonstrate a clear translational value to the advancement of therapeutics. Three to four awards are made annually.


Fellowship funding may be used to support clinical (Grade E64) or basic research scientists (Grade 7/8) committed to translational science and interested in obtaining experience with drug development in an industrial setting. 

Fellowship applications may include a named fellow, but this is not necessary as the project selection criteria are driven by scientific fit with company science and expertise.  It is expected that a suitable fellowship candidate will be identified by the Principle Investigator within 6 months of notification of successful project selection.

This programme offers fellows an opportunity to gain exposure to the field of commercial drug discovery and development. They will have an assigned company mentor and where appropriate be encouraged to spend some time based in Celgene's laboratories.

Application process

Prospective Principle Investigator applicants should submit their project proposals through IRAMS using the standard application form (this form is also available through IRAMS). We request that applicants notify their department administrators of their intention to submit a proposal (information on the fellowship terms for Department administrators and HoDs can be found here) and that applications are signed off by Department Heads.

Proposals will be reviewed by a Joint Steering Committee.

Proposals should be targeted to research areas of interest for Celgene which can be found here.

Learn more about projects funded by the Oxford-Celgene programme


Status: CLOSED. The next call for applications will open on Thu 1 March 2018 and close at 12pm on Fri 20 April 2018. 

Application forms should be submitted through IRAMS. For all enquiries please contact Maxine Allen (

Joint Steering committee