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The MRC’s fellowships are personal awards to talented researchers at key points in their careers. Fellowships provide funding for a challenging research project and an ambitious programme of research training and personal development.

We offer a range of fellowships to meet diverse needs, allowing training placements in the UK, abroad or in industry.

Skills Development Fellowships

Skills development fellowships (previously Strategic skills fellowships) will support training for very early career researchers in, or individuals changing disciplines to, MRC priority areas for capacity-building at this level. The scheme currently focuses on the following areas:

  • Quantitative expertise
  • Expertise at the social science interface

For full details on MRC Skills Priorities please refer to the MRC Skills Priorities document (PDF, 105KB).

Career re-entry

All MRC fellowships are open to individuals returning to research following a career break (PDF, 40KB).

The MRC sponsors at least two Daphne Jackson Fellows a year, aimed at people returning to research after a career break and offering an opportunity to re-establish scientific credentials whilst retraining and renewing skills to underpin their future career.

For full details and Fellows' stories, please refer to the Daphne Jackson Trust.