Fellowship Funding - Clinical

Alzheimer's Research UK: Research and Senior Research Fellowships

Funds high-quality research projects related to causes, cures, preventions, diagnoses and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, including vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementias.

Clinical research fellowship: Clinical Research Fellowships are designed for promising clinically qualified researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own research 'niche'.   Deadline: 23 January 2019 and 03 July 2019

Preparatory clinical research fellowship: This enables clinicians at various stages of training who are planning a career in academic medicine to undertake a year-long preparatory fellowship that provides them with the necessary track record and skills to compete for full clinical fellowship. Funding covers salary and a contribution of up to £20,000 over one year toward research, animal and travel costs. Deadline: expected October 2019 

Senior research fellowship: This supports researchers who have completed a postdoctoral degree and have the potential to become leading principal investigators within the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, but have not yet attained a tenure or tenure-track position. Funding is worth up to £420,000 to cover salary, support staff and running costs.  Deadline: 23 January 2019 and 03 July 2019

Association of British Neurologists Clinical Research Training Fellowship

 ABN Fellowships are designed to support completion of a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience. Applicants will either already hold a UK or Irish specialist training post in Neurology or be planning to enter Neurology specialist training after completion of a PhD. Deadline: expected November 2019

Brain Tumor Charity/MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships

The Brain Tumour Charity and MRC have set up a partnership to jointly fund clinical research training fellowships to encourage and support new research talent in neuro-oncology. These fellowships will provide up to three years' support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training in the bio-medical sciences within the UK. Applications are considered twice each year. Next deadline: 10 January 2019 

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland: Fellowships

These awards are designed to develop the careers of individuals who show the ability to make a considerable contribution, now and in the future, to the health of Scotland through research. In line with our charitable objectives, projects must primarily cover chest conditions, heart conditions, or stroke. Deadline: expected October 2019

Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Clinical Academic Fellowships

These Fellowships  (tenable in either health services or experimental/translational medicine research) are available for medically and dentally qualified researchers who are within the postgraduate training pathway. This scheme has been developed to help address longstanding concerns about clinical academic careers. The scheme will be subject to competitive entry and will nurture a cadre of research-led clinical academics capable of going on to lead development in their discipline by providing the opportunity to undertake a PhD. Deadline: expected November 2019

Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowships

The Dunhill Medical Trust invites applications for its research training fellowships. These enable academics, clinicians and allied health professionals to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care. The awards may either be in the form of a PhD studentship or granted to experienced professionals who wish to branch into research. Deadline: 15 February 2019

Epilepsy Research UK: Fellowship Grants

Applications are invited for grants of up to £250,000, over 1-3 years, to support fellowships. Funds will cover fellows’ salaries, support staff and project running costs. Deadline: expected September 2019

European Academy of Neurology: Research Fellowship

The purpose is to support training and experience for European Neurologists in any area of basic or clinical or applied research in neuroscience. The research work must be carried out at a European academic neurological department outside the country of residence. All applications should demonstrate experience/training of clear value to the home department/individual beyond that available in their own countries/institutions.  There are two types of fellowship: Research training fellowship: Expected to be of typically 12 months and no less than 6 months duration, to lead either to completion of a higher degree, a grant application or peer-reviewed publication. Research experience fellowship: Expected to be of typically and no more than 6 months duration for individuals who might otherwise not have the opportunity to gain high quality research experience, but who may wish to pursue a research career. Applications from more experienced clinicians/researchers requiring training in a specific research methodology or technique not currently available in their own country and of clear value to home department will also be considered. Deadline: expected August 2019

European Commision: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research Individual Fellowship

This opporuntity is for experienced researchers from across the world. Applicants need a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.  There are two types of Individual Fellowships: European Fellowships (are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world), Global Fellowships (fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries). The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. In addition, the EU contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project. DeadlineExpected September 2019

Fight for Sight/MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Fight for Sight is pleased to announce a Clinical Research Training Fellowship jointly funded by Fight for Sight and the Medical Research Council (MRC). Applications are being invited for the Fellowship which offers scientific training opportunities to a clinician wishing to pursue research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease. Three-year funding is available for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training. The scheme will support a dual clinical-research training career path by allowing Fellows to spend up to 20% of their time on NHS sessions. 

Guarantors of the Brain 

“Entry” clinical fellowships up to 12months These fellowships provide bridging salary support for up to one year to early career clinicians based in the United Kingdom. The scheme is intended to provide transitional funding prior to obtaining a research fellowship (for a higher degree, PhD or MD). Funding covers the full time basic clinical salary (including superannuation, national insurance and London weighting) on the Specialist Registrar scale according to age and experience, up to a maximum of £60,000, pro rata, inclusive. Deadline: expected March 2019

Post doctoral clinical fellowships up to 12months The Post doctoral clinical fellowship provides salary support for up to one year to early/mid-career clinicians based in the United Kingdom. The scheme is intended to provide funding after completion of a higher degree (PhD or research MD).  The fellowship may follow immediately on completion of a PhD, or be taken after an interval of clinical training. Funding covers the full time basic clinical salary (including superannuation, national insurance and London weighting) on the Specialist Registrar scale according to age and experience, up to a maximum of £60,000 pa pro rata. Deadline: expected March 2019

International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO)

Research Fellowships Programme International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) offers research fellowships that aim to provide increased research opportunities for neuroscientists and support the global advancement of neuroscience research.  These fellowships intend to foster neuroscience research in less scientifically funded countries by providing support to excellent scientists from diverse geographic and scientific areas that wish to broaden the scope of their neuroscience training by working in first-class laboratories. Three one-year fellowships are available. Applications from candidates who have completed their PhD within the past three years and do not have postdoctoral experience are preferred. Scientists aged 35 or younger are eligible to apply. Personal circumstances such as parental leave or military service may also be considered. Deadlineexpected mid-June 2019

Return Home Fellowship The objective of the Return Home Program of IBRO is to provide support to those researchers trained overseas who wish to return to their home countries. Grant amount: up to 20,000 Euros. Eligibility Requirements: 1. Postdoctoral fellows who have finished research training in neurosciences (including clinical research) in a center of excellence of a developed country. 2. Those willing to start up their own laboratory and/or work independently. 3. Scientists who are developing a successful basic/clinical research career in a developed country and wish to return to their country of origin or to a less developed country for personal or cultural reasons. Deadlineexpected September 2019 (online applications will open approx 1 month before deadline)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Clinical Research Training Fellowship The CRTF supports clinically active professionals within the UK to undertake a higher research degree. The scheme can also provide post-doctoral funding for applicants who achieved their PhD more than five years ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments. Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC’s remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research. The CRTF provides between two and three years’ support. A further year’s funding is available for patient-orientated CRTFs where the project will require significant amounts of patient contact. Deadlines 10 January 2019,  03 April 2019

New Investigator Grant The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent Principal Investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal.  Applicants are expected to combine time spent on the NIRG with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty (this list is not exhaustive). As such, applicants are normally expected to request up to, but no more than, 50% of their contracted working time on the NIRG. A NIRG is normally of three years duration and is not renewable. Exceptionally, applications for a longer period of time may be accepted if the case supporting the transition to independence and scientific rationale is sufficiently justified. Deadlines: 23 January 2019, 30 May 2019

Medical Research Scotland Daphne Jackson Fellowships

To be eligible for consideration, intending applicants should at least meet the following criteria: A career break of at least two years' duration taken for family, caring or health reasons; A good first degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM); At least 3 years in research prior to career break and/or PhD qualification; Resident in the UK with the right to remain in the UK indefinitely; Good command of English (spoken and written); Computer skills. Deadlineexpected September 2019


NHS Research Scotland Career Researcher Fellowships

The award provides funding for protected time (2 sessions) to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. The aim is to strengthen the research culture in the NHS and to increasing capacity in areas that are either aligned to research excellence either locally or nationally or areas where the potential exists to develop research excellence. CSO allocates £12.7m per annum to Boards through its NRS Researcher Support budget to meet the time of staff conducting research. If you are currently doing research but you don’t have support for these sessions you should be applying directly to your R&D office for funding under the Researcher Support strand. Deadline: expected November 2020

NHS Research Scotland (NRS) and Scottish Universities: Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme

The scheme aims to support outstanding clinical scientists in their transition to leadership and provides an attractive research-focussed entry point to a permanent clinical academic career in one of five excellent research environments. All applicants should: be eligible by October 2018 for independent clinical practice in Scotland; have post-doctoral (PhD/MD) research experience; have a strong publication record in their discipline; have won competitive research or fellowship funding prior to application; be able to present research proposals that are likely to lead to further high quality publications and external research funding. Deadlineexpected June 2019

National Institute of Health Research

NIHR Advanced Fellowships The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be completed on full-time or part-time basis. Between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE). Advanced Fellowships will be available with a ‘clinical academic’ option whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request up to 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development which would be covered by the Fellowship. Deadline: 04 December 2018

NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award The NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award is a one year post-doctoral level award. Its aim is to support NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to support the next phase of their research career. The Award can be taken on a part-time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE) and has a maximum duration of one year regardless of WTE. Awards will be available to start from December 2019 onwards with application windows open all year round, starting from May 2019.

The Royal Society 

Sir Henry Dale Fellowship The scheme supports research ranging from the molecules and cells vital to life and their role in the global spread of disease, to clinical and public health research seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. It can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches. It brings together the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, two of the world's most prestigious and influential scientific organisations, in their shared commitment to supporting the future leaders of biomedical research. You are eligible to apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship if you have a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience. Fellowships are tenable for five years in the first instance, with the potential to apply for competitive renewal for an additional three years. Applications are considered 3 times a year. Next deadline 20 November 2018

University Research Fellowship This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. This Fellowship provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. It covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Suitable individuals of any nationality can apply for a University Research Fellowship to be held in an eligible UK host research organisation. The scheme provides: 80% of the basic salary costs up to £40,030.34 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs, and Research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter). Initially funding is provided for five years with the opportunity to apply for an extension of three additional years. The University Research Fellowship provides researchers with maximum flexibility and can be held part-time, and allows sabbaticals, secondments or international experience. Deadlineexpected September 2019

The Stroke Association

Lectureship Programme Awards: These awards aim to address succession and sustainability in the careers of stroke researchers. It is the Stroke Associations aim to develop a collaborative multidisciplinary community in which to nurture and build upon the careers of early stage researchers, encourage more driven and high-calibre researchers into the field of stroke research, and ultimately start to develop the research leaders of the future in stroke research, training and clinical excellence. There are 8 different types of lectureship awards available: Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals; Senior Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals; Clinical Lectureship for Medical Professionals; Senior Clinical Lectureship for Medical Professionals; Non-Clinical Lectureship; Senior Non-Clinical Lectureship; Reader Award (Clinical); Reader Award (Non-Clinical). Deadline26 October 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowships: The award allows Fellows to hold research funds in their own name, and undertake an independent research project under the supervision of an established member of the stroke research community. It is a condition of the award that the Fellow seeks to obtain further research funds during the tenure of the award, in order to consolidate and advance their career. Deadline01 November 2018

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI): Future Leaders Fellowship

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential, both UK and international applicants. The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide a comprehensive package of support, including the fellow's salary and justified research, staff and training costs. The expression of Interest must be submitted by the host institute so there will be an internal selection process  with a deadline earlier than the application deadline. Next funder deadlineexpected June 2019

Wellcome Trust

Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships This scheme enables medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. It provides support for up to eight years and the flexibility to balance research and clinical responsibilities. You can apply for a Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship if you’ve completed your thesis for a higher degree (preferably a PhD). If you're currently writing your thesis, you must have submitted it by the full application deadline. You must want a clinical academic career.  In addition: Medical and dental candidates should either have a national training number (NTN) and be enrolled on a recognised UK training programme or have a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or the equivalent, and General Medical Council (GMC) registration with a licence to practise. Veterinary candidates should have a degree in veterinary medicine (eg BVSc, BVM&S, BVMS, BVetMed or VetMB), be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and have some experience in clinical practice. Clinical psychology candidates must have obtained a professional doctorate-level qualification in clinical psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Deadline11 February 2019

India Alliance Early Career Fellowships This is a mentored Fellowship for promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to attain independence. The scheme provides a unique opportunity to help them make an early start in establishing their own research programme. The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) competition is open for basic science/veterinary researchers with -1 to 4 years of post-PhD research experience. In line with the scheme’s mandate to foster independence, Early Career Fellows are strongly encouraged to carry out their Fellowship project in a laboratory that is not their thesis laboratory or thesis environment. If you have compelling reasons to continue in or return to your thesis laboratory/environment, please present these appropriately in the preliminary application and arrange for a letter from the Fellowship Supervisor commenting on this decision. Application launchexpected 31 July 2019

Research Career Re-entry Fellowships This scheme offers postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years. You can apply for a Research Career Re-entry Fellowship if you’ve had a continuous career break of at least two years and you want to re-establish your research career. We accept career breaks taken because of family commitments, ill health and work outside of research. You must have a PhD and postdoctoral research experience. You should have started to make important contributions to your area of research before your career break, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy. You must have an eligible sponsoring organisation in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award. Deadlineexpected April 2019

Senior Research Fellowships Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field. You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship if you're already leading your own independent research programme. The programme of work you propose must be innovative and ambitious. You should have a higher degree (PhD or equivalent) and significant research experience. You should be able to show: your work is important, original and has impact; you have made important contributions to your area of research, eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice; you are developing an international reputation as a research leader in your field; you're committed to developing and mentoring less experienced researchers. Deadlines:  12 November 2018

Wings for Life Individual Research Grants

The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation invites applications for its individual research grants. These encourage new investigators' work on regeneration and recovery processes and the development of new ideas or transference of their efforts from other areas into spinal cord research. The purpose is to cover the salary of researchers. Postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and technicians may apply. Grants cover the recipients' salary for up to three years and are worth up to €57,000 per year for postdoctoral applicants, €34,000 for PhD students and €21,000 for technicians. Deadline: expected September 2019