Research Fellowships


Research Fellowship Awards 2017/18

Applications for the 2017/18 round of research fellowships is now closed.

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 medics and non-medics to undertake 12 months of out-of-programme 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 46 Fellowships totalling £2.1million. 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 the grants team to discuss

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold an NHS employment contract noting they must currently deliver services, and plan to undertake their proposed research project, for the benefit of patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust* and/or surrounding communities.**
* Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea, St Mary's and/or Western Eye Hospital
** 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 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • Applicants must NOT be currently registered, have secured funding for or hold a PhD or MD.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to utilising the Fellowship position to undertake further study.
  • Applicants must be UK resident.
  • 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.

Key Dates

  • 01 November 2016 – Applications open
  • 31 January 2017 – Applications close
  • Early March 2017 – Research Fellowship Committee meeting
  • End of March/early April 2017 – Applicant outcome notification

Further information

PDF Information for applications
PDF Sample Application Form
For any additional information or guidance please contact the charity grants team or call 0203 312 2060.

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