Fellowship Funding Sources

Fellowship Funding Sources


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.

Research fellowshipsThis scheme provides funds of up to £20,000 per year towards the costs of research, animal and travel costs. Deadline:  23 January 2019 and 03 July 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

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. Deadline: Expected September 2019

Guarantors of the Brain Non-Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowships

The new non-clinical post-doctoral fellowships provide salary support for up to three years to non-clinical postdoctoral career researchers who are working in clinical neuroscience setting in the United Kingdom. Successful candidates will demonstrate their interest in bringing basic science approaches to bear on key problems in clinical neuroscience. The Fellowship must be undertaken after completion of a PhD or equivalent higher degree, to commence no more than six years from the PhD. Funding consists of full time salary up to a maximum of £60,000 pa (including national insurance, superannuation and London weighting if relevant). Only salary support is provided, not consumables or travel expenses. 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. Deadline: expected 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)

Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.  Applications will open in January 2019.

Research Fellowships Offering up to £55,000 over 3 to 24 months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. Deadline: expected November 2019

Medical Research Council (MRC)

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

Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship (SNCF) The SNCF supports researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field. An SNCF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development. Applications are considered twice a year. Next deadline: 25 April 2019

Career Development Award (CDA): Transition to independence The CDA supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator. A CDA provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development. Applications are considered twice a year. Next deadline: 25 April 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. Deadline: expected September 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). The NIHR Advanced Fellowship is aimed at people at the following points of their career : Have recently completed or about to be awarded a PhD but haven’t yet established yourself as an independent researcher; Establish yourself as independent researchers or already established as independent researchers, but not yet recognised as an international leader in a field; Be looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science background or those looking to re-establish their research career following a significant career break. 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.

NHS Research Scotland Career Researcher Fellowships

These Fellowships are to support NHS-funded clinical staff in developing a research career within their NHS post. This includes – qualified doctors, nurses, AHPs, pharmacists, biomedical/clinical scientists, public health specialists. The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. This will strengthen the research culture in the NHS and increase capacity in priority areas. Deadline: expected November 2019

The Royal Society 

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health-related reasons. This competitive scheme offers you the opportunity to: focus on independent research, freeing time from administrative and teaching duties; hold appointments on a part-time basis or convert from full-time to part-time and back again to help combine work and other commitments, such as caring responsibilities or health-related reasons; claim back time spent deferring the fellowship and/or working part-time; claim limited funds for family support where these can be justified on scientific grounds, eg the cost of child care during a conference or collaborative visit abroad (these funds are limited and can be applied for during the Fellowship). The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Deadline14 November 2018

Industry Fellowships The Royal Society, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, invites applications for its industry fellowships. These enable academic scientists to work on collaborative projects with industry, and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The aim is to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK. The scheme covers all subjects within the life and physical sciences, including engineering but excluding clinical medicine. Deadline: expected October 2019

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. Deadline: expected September 2019

Wolfson Fellowship This supports senior-career researchers recruited or retained to a UK university or research institution in fields identified as a strategic priority for the host department or organisation. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Applicants must either currently hold a permanent post that is funded by the host institution and can include partial funding of salary from an external grant, or have received a firm offer to take effect from the start of the appointment. Deadline: 07 November 2018

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). Deadline: 26 October 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 deadline: 30 May 2019

Wellcome Trust

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 launch: expected 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

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships This scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world. Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships are aimed at researchers who want to undertake a guided period of research and will go on to lead their own independent research. You must either be in the final year of your PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. You should have started to make important contributions to your area of research, 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. Deadline: 17 April 2019

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