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Alzheimer’s Research UK’s call for Early Career Researchers

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After a difficult year for many, including those in dementia research, Alzheimer’s Research UK now has two active funding calls.

Thanks to support from our fundraisers and much of the research community, we are now in a position to begin the gradual reopening of our grant schemes for application, with an initial focus on prioritising those schemes designed to support Early Career Researchers:

Why we are prioritising early career research schemes

This framework outlines the skills and training Early Career Researchers are expected to demonstrate in order to win support for funding their application.

You are at the start of your careers and play a critical role in driving dementia research forward. We cannot afford to lose you now!

The charity has a proud history of supporting early career researchers and increasing the number of scientists in the field. Since 2009, the number of dementia researchers has more than doubled, and since then the number of publications from ARUK-funded research has increased five-fold.

As an early career researcher you often bring a fresh perspective, and this research makes an enormous contribution to the global dementia research effort.

In fact, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s funding for early career researchers has led to over 650 publications, and collaborations across 24 countries.

But we know you are dependent on grants that you must apply for. It is extremely competitive at the best of times but even more critical in the current climate.

Here is some information so you can make informed decisions.

Research Fellowships are designed for promising PhD-qualified non-clinical researchers. Candidates will have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own research ‘niche’.

And Clinical Research Fellowships are designed for promising clinically-qualified researchers who have similar levels of outputs and plans.

The Fellowships both provide funds for up to three years of salary, and up to £20,000 research costs per year.  The deadline for applications for both schemes is July 7th 2021.

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Early Career Researcher Framework

To help you prepare your application, you can see examples of the application forms on the website, along with the charity’s Early Career Researcher Framework.

This framework outlines the skills and training Early Career Researchers are expected to demonstrate in order to win support for funding their application.

During the application process, prospective Fellows will be expected to discuss how they satisfy the criteria outlined in the framework. This will be in addition to detailing plans for continued development during the course of the Fellowship.

Do you want more information?

Our research team are always happy to have a chat with prospective applicants, you can get in contact by emailing:

You can find more information about the Fellowships on our website:

Dementia Researcher also has some great resources to help you write a grant application:


Dr Fiona Calvert

Dr Fiona Calvert is a Science Communications Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Fiona completed her PhD in early 2020 at the Wellcome Sanger Institute where she used genetic data to understand microglia and their role in Alzheimer’s disease. During her PhD, Fiona became passionate about science communication and became a UK Producer for The Story Collider – a non-profit organisation that shares true personal stories about science. This interest and her science work led to her perfect job at ARUK.

Molly Massetti

Molly Massetti is a Research Grants Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK. Molly completed her degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Nottingham. A passion for dementia led her to ARUK where she has looked after the fellowship grant applications process since late 2018.




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