Research fellowships

The Research Fellowship programme for the 2020/2021 cohort will open on Tuesday 1 October 2019 and close on Friday at noon on 17 January 2020.

Imperial Health Charity is committed to supporting pioneering research and the training and development of staff at our hospitals.

Together with our funding partner, the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, we run an annual Research Fellowship scheme. Since 2009, over 65 fellowships have been awarded totalling over £3 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.

The purpose of this fellowship programme is to provide an opportunity for health professionals to create a strong foundation from which to build an academic research career. It is intended that successful applicants will be able to utilise the skills and data produced in their 12-month research project 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.

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships are available to medics and healthcare professionals outside of medicine (e.g. nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists, research practitioners, psychologists and healthcare scientists).

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships can support study towards a MRes (but not PhD, MD and MSc).​​​​​​​

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships are only available to healthcare professionals outside of medicine. 

Past and current Academic Clinical Fellows are ineligible to apply for either schemes.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the charity’s online grants management system: Flexigrant. The charity cannot accept hard copy applications. Please click here to access the online application form.

Please ensure you start the correct online pre-doc or post-doc fellowship application form. Once you begin an application we cannot transfer between the schemes.

Application timeline
  • Applications open on Tuesday 1 October 2019
  • Applications close on Friday at noon, 17 January 2020
  • Funding outcome notification April 2020
  • Fellows can expect to start from autumn 2020 once their position at the Trust has been successfully backfilled
How much can I apply for?

The funding covers an individual’s salary and related research expenses for between 12 to 24 months, and up to a maximum £65,000. Please click here for guidance on how much and what you can apply for. You must provide full justification and detailed breakdown of costs in your application.

 

Eligibility

These eligibility requirements apply to both schemes:

  • Applicants must be working at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) 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.
  • You are not eligible to apply if you are employed by Imperial College London (ICL) 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 UK resident.

Please refer to the relevant individual scheme's guidance notes for additional eligibility criteria.

Grant award length

The fellowship provides funding for an individual fellow’s salary for 12 months and related research expenses. Requests to undertake the fellowship part-time (no longer than 24 months) will be considered.

Reporting requirements
  • An End of Grant Report.
  • The charity may contact the successful applicant for a minimum period of 3 years after the end of the grant funding period.
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships Guidance Notes and Sample Application

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships are available to medics and healthcare professionals outside of medicine (e.g. nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists, research practitioners, psychologists and healthcare scientists).

  • Click here to download the Pre-Doc guidance notes
  • Click here to download the Pre-Doc sample application form
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships Guidance Notes and Sample Application

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships are available to healthcare professionals outside of medicine only. (e.g. nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists, research practitioners, psychologists and healthcare scientists)

  • Click here to download the Post-Doc guidance notes
  • Click here to download the Post-Doc sample application form
Further information

For any additional information or guidance please contact the charity grants team at grants@imperialcharity.org.uk or call 020 3857 9847.

Alternatively, contact the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) cato@imperial.ac.uk