Research Fellowships

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Research Fellowship Awards 2018/19

We are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 round of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships. Applications must be received by January 31 2018.

As part of our charitable objectives, we are committed to supporting our hospitals to undertake pioneering research and invest in the training and development of hospital staff. The Research Fellowship programme provides ‘first-step funding’ for health professionals looking to begin their academic career.

The key aim of the programme is to allow the successful applicants to undertake 12 months research to develop their research skills and produce the necessary data to springboard onto successful funding bids for further study.

Applicants are asked to identify an important research question that will make an impact on patient care within the Trust, surrounding communities and the wider NHS.

Since 2009, together with our funding partner, the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, the charity has made a total of 55 Fellowships totalling £2.5 million. We have funded research into new and novel diagnostic techniques and treatments, self-management and aftercare, research into service delivery, team dynamics and decision making, shift handover procedures through to projects on the implementation of clinical guidelines.

How much can I apply for?

The Fellowship provides a maximum award of £50,000 for a period of 12 months. Funds are to provide support for the individual Fellow's salary and related research expenses.

Please note funding is available for a period of 12 months. If, however, there is a request to undertake the Fellowship part-time and requires an extended duration please email our grants team at grants@imperialcharity.org.uk

Am I eligible?

These eligibility requirements apply to both schemes:

  • Applicants must be working at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at the time of application. They must currently deliver services and plan to undertake their proposed research project for the benefit of patients at ICHT* and/or surrounding communities.
    *Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, St Mary's and/or Western Eye hospitals.
  • Please note you are not eligible to apply if you are employed by Imperial College London only. Applications can only be accepted from NHS employees working within/for ICHT. We will consider honorary and joint contracts with ICL on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to utilising the Fellowship position to undertake further study.
  • Applicants must be UK resident.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme

  • This is a pre-doctoral fellowship. Applicants must NOT be currently registered, have secured funding for or hold a PhD or MD.
  • This is for medics and non-medics.
  • If a medic is currently on rotation, an application can be considered with a view to granting a conditional award subject to rotation placement/Trust contract status confirmation.

Application timeframe

1 November 2017 - Applications open

31 January 2018 - Applications close

End of March/Early April 2018 - outcome notification

Further information

Please see the relevant guidance notes and sample application forms for the relevant schemes:

Click here to download our Pre-Doc information pack
Click here to download a Pre-Doc sample application form

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme

  • This is a post-doctoral fellowship. Applicants must have submitted PhD thesis by the time of application and awarded by the time of starting the fellowship. (Applicants already holding PhDs may apply to the scheme up to a maximum of five years after receipt of the award).
  • This is for non-medics only.

Application timeframe

27 November 2017 - Applications open

31 January 2018 - Applications close

End of March/Early April 2018 - outcome notification

Further information

Please see the relevant guidance notes and sample application forms for the relevant schemes:

Click here to download our Post-Doc information pack
Click here to download a Post-Doc sample application form

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via our online grants management system: Flexigrant. We do not accept hard copy applications. Please click here to access the online application form.

Please ensure you start the correct online application form depending on if you are applying for a pre-doc or post-doc fellowship. Once an application has been started we cannot transfer between the schemes.

For any additional information or guidance please contact the charity grants team at grants@imperialcharity.org.uk or call 0203 857 9847.

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