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Fellowships

Some of the top recurring fellowships are listed below. Follow the links for up-to-date information on each funding scheme.

You can also click here to see some Top Funders, or here to see some Research Grants.

Health Education and Improvement Wales

Wales Clinical Academic Track Fellowship
The Wales Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) fellowship programme offers training in academic medicine and dentistry. Each WCAT Fellowship provides training from entry to CCT and includes a salary funded 3 years PhD Training Fellowship and a period of clinical training with protected academic time (0.2 WTE) in the clinical training years.
https://heiw.nhs.wales/educati...

NIHR Fellowships

Pre-doctoral Fellowship
This Fellowship is aimed at pre-doctoral level and aimed at giving people the necessary skills and experience required to undertake a PhD.
Upcoming calls: February annually
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/fellowship-programme.htm

Doctoral Research Fellowship
This Fellowship supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. Doctoral Fellowships are 3 years WTE in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis of between 50 and 100% WTE. Applicants from clinical or social care practice are able to include up to 20% clinical/practice time as part of the Fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical/practice competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.
Upcoming calls: April and October annually
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/fellowship-programme.htm

Advanced Fellowship
This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you are someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doctoral experience you will be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.
Upcoming calls: April and October annually
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/fellowship-programme.htm

Development and Skills Enhancement Award
The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career. Upcoming calls: January, May, and September annually
https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/fellowship-programme.htm

Health & Care Research Wales Fellowships

Health Research Fellowship Award
The fellowship aims to support individuals to become independent researchers in health through leading and undertaking high-quality research.
Upcoming calls: Opens October 2021
https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/health-research-fellowship-award

Social Care Research Fellowship Award
The fellowship aims to support individuals to become independent researchers in social care through leading and undertaking high-quality research.
Upcoming calls: December 2021
https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/social-care-research-fellowship-scheme

NHS Research Time Award
The scheme is open to staff in NHS Wales, or staff contracted to NHS Wales (such as doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and clinical scientists) in primary, secondary or community care or public health. It aims to build research capacity and capability in the NHS by offering staff the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity.
Upcoming calls: Opens September 2021
https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/nhs-research-time-award

Wellcome Trust Fellowships

Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships
This scheme enables clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence.
Upcoming calls: June 2021
https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/clinical-research-career-development-fellowships

Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships
Offering recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.
Upcoming calls: March 2021
https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/sir-henry-wellcome-postdoctoral-fellowships

Sir Henry Dale fellowships
Offering recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.
Upcoming calls: March 2021
https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/sir-henry-dale-fellowships

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.
Upcoming calls: April 2021
https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/research-career-re-entry-fellowships

Academy of Medical Sciences

Clinician Scientist Fellowships
These fellowships provide five years' salary and consumables to enable talented clinicians to pursue academic research alongside their clinical practice in order to make long-term improvements in healthcare.
Upcoming calls: The scheme is currently closed for applications - dates for future rounds have not yet been confirmed.
https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/csf

Medical Research Council

Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Supports clinically active professionals within the UK to undertake a higher research degree.
https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinical-research-training-fellowship-crtf/

Jointly-funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship
The MRC collaborate with a number of Royal Colleges and charity funders to offer jointly funded CRTF awards.
https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/jointly-funded-clinical-research-training-fellowship/

Clinician Scientist Fellowship
Develops outstanding medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a higher research degree to establish themselves as independent researchers.
https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinician-scientist-fellowship-csf/

Senior Clinical Fellowship
Supports outstanding medically and other clinically qualified professionals in their development to become research leaders.
https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/senior-clinical-fellowship-scf/

Career Development Award
Supports outstanding post-doctoral researchers who are not clinically active to consolidate research skills and transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.
https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/fellowships/non-clinical-fellowships/career-development-award-cda-transition-to-independence/

Senior non-clinical fellowship
Supports proven independent researchers with a track record of excellence in their scientific field to develop into research leaders.
https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/fellowships/non-clinical-fellowships/senior-non-clinical-fellowship-sncf/