Merck-AGITG Clinical Research Fellowship in GI Cancer

The Merck-AGITG Clinical Research Fellowship in GI Cancer is a prestigious two-year Fellowship (2021-2022) at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, valued at  AUD$150,000.  The Fellowship provides early career researchers with an opportunity to work in the busiest GI clinic in the UK and to assist in the development of collaborative links between the AGITG and UK research groups.

A major objective of the activity is to foster career development by encouraging the beneficial experience of a different research environment.

Prof Tim Price, Chair of the AGITG, says, “We are proud to be able to continue this partnership with Merck into the second year of the Merck-AGITG Clinical Research Fellowship. This is a rare opportunity for the Fellow to train with experts in one of the UK’s most influential and busiest GI clinics, strengthening the AGITG’s links with UK researchers. Fostering international collaboration in this way is key to changing outcomes for GI cancer patients.”

Merck Healthcare Managing Director & General Manager for Australia/New Zealand, Leah Goodman, says,  “Merck is delighted to continue the company’s long standing support for research and education in the important therapy area of gastrointestinal cancer. This Fellowship aims to further the successful candidate’s study in London and bring those learnings back to clinical practice in Australia or New Zealand. It also provides an avenue for ongoing tri-national collaboration.

Merck has been involved in providing oncology medicines in Australia for many  years and we greatly value the work being undertaken by the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group to build knowledge and ensure Australia and New Zealand stay at the forefront of treating patients with gastrointestinal diseases.”

Read the July 2019 update from recipient of the current two year Fellowship, Dr David Lau.


Apply before 17 February 2020 to be considered.  To apply request the application form via email to

Applicants must use the prescribed AGITG application and include your CV and Profile. Applicants that are not yet members of the AGITG are required to submit an application for membership at the time of application. To apply for AGITG membership click here. Membership is free.

Prior to submission, applicants are to ensure they:

  1. Read all relevant reference material;
  2. Liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have; and
  3. Ensure their application is complete and correct. Once submitted to AGITG, your application will be considered final and no changes can be accepted.

Applications close 17 February 2020 at 5:00pm AEDT.