Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Clinical Research Training Fellowship or Clinical Research Fellowship

Clinical Research Training Fellowships are designed to provide a means for clinically qualified candidates to obtain the research track record and skills required to compete for full Clinical Fellowships through Alzheimer’s Research UK or elsewhere, either through a PhD or independent research programme.

Duration: Up to three years – Provides funds for salary + up to £20,000 per year towards research costs, including animals and running costs (consumables, travel, etc.).

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’.

Duration: Up to three years – Provides funds for salary + up to £20,000 per year towards research costs, including animals and running costs (consumables, travel, etc.)


The Clinical Research Training Fellowship is for clinically qualified candidates, such as trainee Old Age/General Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Clinical Psychologists or similar specialists with limited research experience and who do not hold a PhD. Prospective Fellows that hold tenure are not eligible for funding through this scheme.

The prospective Fellow should be able to demonstrate an upward trajectory, with some evidence of outputs from previous research project(s), such as publications and/or conference presentations. Prospective Fellows should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing a career in dementia research and show enthusiasm for developing a “tool-box” of skills that will serve as a strong basis for future independent research activity. For a detailed description of the skills and training you will be expected to demonstrate, please read our Early Career Researcher Framework. Data collected during a Clinical Research Training Fellowship is expected to provide a basis for a future application to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Clinical Research Fellowship scheme, or equivalent schemes from other funders.

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.

Prospective Fellows require 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 Supervisors agree to provide the required facilities, have oversight of the Fellow and their research programme, and contribute actively to the training of the Fellow.

Clinical Research Training Fellowships should preferably be applied for by the prospective Fellow. However, prospective Supervisors without a nominated candidate and who plan to recruit a Fellow following a conditional award offer from Alzheimer’s Research UK may apply directly. Any Fellow recruited in this manner will still be expected to attend interview with ARUK’s Grant Review Board.

Note that a Clinical Research Training Fellowship can be used to fund a full PhD programme. However, ARUK can only cover the tuition fees costs associated with UK/EU candidates. International candidates are welcome, but funds to cover the extra cost of international tuition fees must be sought from elsewhere. The scheme is not designed to cover funding gaps for students who have already started their studies.

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

Visit funding web page
(https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/grants/clinical-research-training-fellowship/)