Clinical Research Fellowship

Alzheimer’s Research UK is Europe’s largest charity funder of dementia research, funding the best biomedical research, from basic to clinical, that improves our understanding of all the causes of different dementias or improves diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Clinical Research Fellowships are designed for promising clinically qualified researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own research ‘niche’. However, in the absence of one then a prospective supervisor may apply as the Lead Applicant. Clinical Research Fellowships are intended for clinical researchers, including trainee Old Age/General Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Clinical Psychologists and similar specialists, who may or may not have a PhD.

For a detailed description of the skills and training you will be expected to demonstrate, please read our Early Career Researcher Framework.

The prospective Clinical Fellow should have delivered previous research project(s) with impactful outputs, such as publications and conference presentations, and demonstrate an upward trajectory. Prospective Clinical Fellows should be starting to accumulate a tool-box of skills that will serve as a strong basis for future independent research activity, whilst being increasingly recognised for their specialist expertise. Researchers who hold tenure are not eligible to apply.

  • The funding provided through a Clinical Research Fellowship can be used to support a Fellow’s PhD programme.
  • The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.
  • Fellows are required to have secured at least one Supervisor, a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. At least one Supervisor must be clinically qualified (UK MRCP, MRCPsych, BPS accreditation, or equivalent) with an honorary clinical contract.
  • At least one Supervisor, preferably the lead Supervisor, must have a contract (fixed term or tenure) with the host institution covering the proposed duration of the Fellowship.
  • If the lead Supervisor does not hold either a fixed contract or tenure, the application must include a co-Supervisor that does.
  • The Supervisor(s) will provide the required facilities, have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and contribute actively to the training of the Fellow.

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