Jointly Funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship
The MRC provides opportunities for additional clinical research training fellowships through collaborations with Royal Colleges and Charity funders.
Any jointly funded fellowships will be offered under standard MRC terms and conditions and at the same funding level as any other MRC clinical research training fellowship.
Alzheimer's Society Clinical Research Training Fellowships
Alzheimer's Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of dementia to improve treatment for people today and to search for a cure for tomorrow. Up to two joint clinician training fellowships may be funded each year under this initiative.
Alzheimer's Society research strategy is to increase capacity in clinical dementia research, and we welcome applications from clinicians that wish to combine a research interest alongside providing care and treatment to people with dementia.
For further information regarding the work of Alzheimer's Society, including the research strategy, the research we have previously funded and additional terms and conditions to this award, please visit our website: www.alzheimers.org.uk/research or email email@example.com.
One junior clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and Asthma UK, the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with asthma. Applications from those wishing to focus their research to understand the causes of asthma and identify treatments to control and prevent asthma are welcomed.
The Brain Tumour Charity
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours, funding basic and clinical research into brain tumours whilst also offering support to those affected and raising awareness.
We fund research into the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours and are keen to increase clinical research capacity in the brain tumour field. Up to two fellowships will be jointly funded under this initiative each year.
As part of a jointly funded award, fellows would be required to submit annual and end of grant scientific reports to the charity, and fellows should also note the charity’s policy for intellectual property. For further information about the work of The Brain Tumour Charity and our current research, please visit our website thebraintumourcharity.org/research or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Association of Dermatologists/British Skin Foundation
One clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and the British Association of Dermatologists and the British Skin Foundation per annum (expected to be awarded at the March interviews). The British Association of Dermatologists and the British Skin Foundation support and promote all aspects of dermatology research to improve the understanding, diagnosis and management of skin disease.
British Infection Association
The British Infection Association aims to promote the science of medicine in relation to infection and to foster research in the subject. The Fellowship is open to UK clinicians who are training in an infection-related speciality (for example infectious diseases (ID), microbiology, ID/micro, paediatric infection) and who wish to undertake a period of clinical, epidemiological or laboratory-based research in an infection related area. Further information on the British Infection Association and its research schemes can be found at http://www.britishinfection.org/
Contact: Scientific Affairs & Research Secretary
British Lung Foundation/Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Fund
One clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC, British Lung Foundation and Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Fund. The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity working for everyone affected by lung disease. The BLF focuses its resources on providing support for people affected by lung disease today; and works in a variety of ways, including funding world-class research, to bring about positive change to improve treatment, care and support for people affected by lung disease now and in the future. The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund aims to raise awareness of mesothelioma, fund crucial research projects, and improve diagnosis, treatment and care for mesothelioma sufferers. Applicants must focus their work on mesothelioma.
The British Lung Foundation's research strategy, which details its research priorities, can be found on their website: www.lunguk.org
Chronic Granulomatous Disorder Society
One fellowship will be awarded under this scheme aimed to support clinicians wishing to pursue research into understanding and treatment of Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD).
If you have any queries about the MRC/CGD Society Fellowship or your proposed research area please contact Susan Walsh or visit CGD Society website for further information.
Contact: Susan Walsh
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The purpose of this fellowship is to provide an opportunity for the scientific training of a young clinician who wishes to pursue research into the pathogenesis and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust funds ground-breaking research that is of imminent and/or important clinical relevance to people with Cystic Fibrosis. It particularly wishes to support translational research that is likely to have an impact on the clinical care of people with Cystic Fibrosis in the near future.
Please visit the Cystic Fibrosis Trust website for further information or email any specific questions to
A clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease. Applications for this joint award are invited from clinicians wishing to pursue a clinical scientist career in any area of vision research relevant to the charity's aims. Nursing and allied health professional graduates (including optometrists and orthoptists) are also eligible to apply. Please visit the Fight for Sight website www.fightforsight.org.uk for further information or email any specific questions to email@example.com
Kidney Research UK
Two fellowships per year will be awarded in a renal field under this new scheme, jointly funded by both the MRC and Kidney Research UK, which is the leading medical research charity, funding research dedicated to improving the understanding of kidney disease, its causes, prevention and treatment.
Kidney Research UK supports a wide range of research projects and fellowships through open calls to UK scientists.
If you have any queries about the fellowship or your proposed research area, please email:
MND Association Lady Edith Wolfson Fellowships
This scheme aims to support clinicians wishing to pursue research into the pathogenesis and treatment of motor neuron disease. Awards under this scheme are available for Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTF), Senior Clinical Fellowships (SCF) and Clinician Scientists Fellowships (CSF). If you have any queries about the fellowship or your proposed research area, please contact Dr Brian Dickie or visit the MND Association website for further information.
Contact: Dr Brian Dickie
Multiple Sclerosis Society Clinical Research Training Fellowships
One fellowship per year is awarded under this scheme, aimed at researchers who are involved in treating patients and who wish to pursue research into understanding and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
If you have any queries about the MRC/Multiple Sclerosis Society Training Fellowship please contact:
The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation
One junior clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and the Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation. The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation is a charity supporting diabetes research, funded by, but governed completely independent of Novo Nordisk Ltd. It has partner status with the National Institute for Health Research, and is a member of Association of Medical Research Charities and operates according to best practice peer review. The charity’s objectives and research strategy can be accessed at www.novonordiskfoundation.org.uk. Briefly, these are to promote research into the prevention, causes and treatment of diabetes mellitus and education about diabetes. The charity supports fellowships independently and jointly with the MRC. The purpose of the Fellowships is to support a young doctor in obtaining a higher degree in clinical research into diabetes.
Pancreatic Cancer UK Clinical Research Training Fellowship
One clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and Pancreatic Cancer UK, the national charity dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts (information, support, awareness and research).
In order to build critical mass in this field, applications will be welcome for high quality research into any aspect of pancreatic cancer, although a focus on early diagnosis/detection or more effective treatments would be of particular interest.
Prostate Cancer UK
The Prostate Cancer UK research strategy for 2012-2020 identifies 3 priority areas for funding:
1. Identifying men at highest risk of developing clinically significant prostate cancer
2. Distinguishing aggressive prostate cancer from indolent disease
3. Finding new, targeted treatments for advanced prostate cancer
Taking into consideration MRC’s remit, we invite clinical research training fellowship proposals that target at least one of our priorities. These jointly funded projects by Prostate Cancer UK and MRC intend to support high calibre clinical scientists in their early career development. See the scheme’s main page for further details
For further information regarding the work of Prostate Cancer UK, including the research strategy and the research we have previously funded, please visit our website: http://prostatecanceruk.org/. For enquires please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Clinical Research Training Fellowships
Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria for the Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme, have a minimum of one year’s experience in clinical obstetrics and gynaecology, and hold Part One of Membership of the College. Further information is on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ website.
This is the first example of a prestigious research fellowship funded by MRC, a Royal College and an industry partner. These fellowships aim to develop research leaders of the future, address strategic research skills and support talented individuals at critical points in their career as they develop and establish themselves. One to two fellowships may be made available each round and these are available to all UK based ophthalmologists. Candidates from any area of ophthalmology can apply and applications in the areas of glaucoma, medical and surgical retina, pediatric ophthalmology and stem cells will be particularly welcome as the scheme aims to encourage clinical research in these particular fields.
Royal College of Radiologists Clinical Research Training Fellowships
One joint clinical research training fellowship is offered in each calendar year, open to clinical radiologists who are members or fellows of the Royal College of Radiologists, and who also meet the eligibility criteria set out by the MRC under guidance for applicants. Further information is available on the Royal College of Radiologists website.
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Sparks Clinical research training fellowships
Sparks, The Children’s Medical Research Charity aims to have a practical and positive effect on the everyday lives of children by investing in high quality medical research. Our vision is a world where all children are given the best possible start in life and where a medical condition or disability at birth is not a barrier to opportunity and fulfilment.
It is intended that Sparks will award up to two joint clinical research training fellowships with the MRC annually under this scheme. Applications are invited for paediatric clinical research into any condition that affects a child during pregnancy, birth or the early years. The Charity may favour training fellowships centred around translational research; oncology-related applications are less likely to be considered for funding.
If you have any queries about a MRC/Sparks fellowship or your proposed research area please contact visit Sparks website:
Up to two clinical research training fellowships will be awarded jointly between MRC and The Stroke Association, the only national charity solely concerned with helping everyone affected by stroke. Our vision is to have a world where there are fewer strokes, and all those touched by stroke get the help they need.
The Stroke Association’s research strategy aims to increase the UK funding base and capacity for clinical stroke research across the full stroke care pathway. Applications from individuals wishing to pursue a career in clinical stroke research are welcomed.
The Stroke Association currently does not fund studies which involve the use of laboratory animals, and is unlikely to do so under this agreement.
Target Ovarian Cancer Clinical Research Training Fellowship
One clinical research training fellowship will be awarded jointly by the MRC and Target Ovarian Cancer. Target Ovarian Cancer is the national charity dedicated to achieving a long and good life for every woman with ovarian cancer. Established in 2008, we have a clear mission to accelerate progress to beat this disease through substantial, targeted investment in research, education and advocacy throughout the UK. In order to build critical mass in this field, applications will be welcome for high quality research aimed at improving the treatment of ovarian cancer. For more details of our research priorities please visit http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/research and for further enquires email email@example.com.
The MRC and the Welsh Assembly fund two of these clinical research training fellowships per year. Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed research will contribute to the development and delivery of high quality health care in Wales.
Applications from Wales are encouraged, as are those which address prevention and risk, mental health, care of the elderly, the management if chronic disease or the health of children.
All candidates who meet the competitive standard for our jointly funded awards will be offered a fellowship.
If all available jointly funded fellowships have already been allocated, the panel will offer successful candidates a standard MRC fellowship instead.
All applicants must state whether they wish to be considered for any jointly funded fellowships by completing this form and attaching it as/appending it to their cover letter attachment.
The MRC/Royal College Training Fellowships involve additional eligibility criteria relating to college membership and clinical training. If you wish to apply to one of these schemes, please contact the relevant college to discuss your application and eligibility before submitting an application to the MRC.
- Current scientific priority areas
- Deadlines for applications
- Fellowship Application Guidance
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- Fellowship terms and conditions
- Residence eligibility requirements
If you have a query about the scientific aspect of your research proposal, please contact the programme manager below:
Contact: Dr Julia Dickinson
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