Clinical Research Fellowships

ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH UK LogoAlzheimer’s Research UK 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’.

Amount: Salary + up to £20,000 a year

This provides funds for up to three years of salary (at Speciality Registrar level or equivalent university scales), and a contribution toward research and travel costs.

Duration: Up to three years


Clinical Research Fellowships are intended for clinically qualified researchers, including trainee Old Age/General Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Clinical Psychologists and similar specialists, who ideally already hold a PhD. For a detailed description of the skills and training you will be expected to demonstrate, please read our Early Career Researcher Framework. If you are clinically qualified candidate looking for a scheme to support a PhD, you should apply through our Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme.

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 looking to refine their growing 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.

Clinical Fellowships should be applied for by the prospective Fellow. The prospective Fellow 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.

If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Clinical Research Fellowship award holders are eligible to apply for a fast-tracked visa via the Global Talent Visa fast-track Fellowship Route. The grant holder may apply for the fast-tracked endorsement up to 5 years after the end of their fellowship.

For more information, and to apply, please visit GOV.UK or the UKRI website.

See our Eligibility Guidelines for further information.



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