Clinical Research Training Fellowship

The ABN Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme provides 3-year clinical research training fellowships in neurological disciplines resulting in a PhD.

The 2022 application process will open earlier than in previous years

  • Applications open: 1 July 2021
  • Applications deadline: 13 September 2021
  • Interviews: 15 December 2021

The 2022 fellowships are supported by: The Guarantors of Brain, the Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust, the Multiple System Atrophy Trust, the MS Society, the Stroke Association, the Berkeley Foundation and the Association of British Neurologists.

Applications are welcomed with focus on:

  • Any neurological disorder, for fellowships awarded by the ABN and its funding partners the Guarantors of Brain and the Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust.
  • Stroke*, funded jointly by the Stroke Association and the Berkeley Foundation.
  • Epilepsy, funded by ABN/Epilepsy Research UK
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, funded by ABN/Alzheimer’s Research UK


  • should already hold a UK or Irish** specialist training post in Neurology,
  • OR demonstrate intention to enter Neurology specialist training after completion of the Fellowship.
  • Applications for the specific Stroke Association-Berkeley Foundation award are additionally welcomed from other trainee physicians with an interest in stroke.
  • ** Epilepsy Research UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK funding is restricted to applicants from UK institutions, though applicants from Irish institutions are still eligible to compete for ABN funding.


  • are typically for three years (maximum),
  • may be between two and three years if the candidate has already undertaken up to one year of research that can be counted toward their PhD.


  • is primarily for salary, paid at the level of the candidate’s current basic clinical salary point.
  • is additionally available up to a maximum of £10,000 per annum, to cover PhD fees and other research-related costs.


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