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NIHR Fellowships Now Open

NIHR have two Fellowships available which are now open for applicants.

Advanced Fellowship

This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you’re someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doc experience you will be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd December

Doctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. These are 3 years in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis between 50 and 100% FTE.

Deadline: Tuesday 17th December

Partnership Fellowships

As part of the new structure of NIHR Fellowships, the NIHR has partnered with a number of charitable organisations to offer jointly funded NIHR Charity Partnership Fellowships including:

  • Castang Foundation
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust
  • Diabetes UK
  • Kidney Research UK
  • Moorfields Eye Charity
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK

For further details of each of these calls, including eligibility, please visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply for any of these schemes please contact your Research Development Team.

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Dunhill Medical Trust: New Joint Fellowship Schemes

The Dunhill Medical Trust have announced three new joint Fellowship schemes with the National Institute for Health Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK and British Geriatric Society.

NIHR – Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 4th June 2019

Aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair, this scheme is suited to:

  • Individuals who have recently completed a PhD but haven’t yet established as an independent researcher.
  • Individuals starting to establish themselves as independent researchers, or who are established but not yet recognised as an International leader in the field.
  • Individuals transitions into applied health research from a basic science/non-health research background.
  • Individuals looking to re-establish their research career following a significant break.

Full details on this scheme can be found here

ARUK – Clinical Fellowships

Deadline: 3rd July 2019

A training fellowship and full fellowship are available to apply for.

The training fellowship is designed to provide the means for clinically qualified candidates the opportunity to obtain the research track record and skills require to apply for a full clinical fellowship.

The Clinical Research Fellowships are designed for clinically qualified researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own ‘niche’.

Full details of the scheme can be found here.

BGS – Doctoral Training Fellowship

Deadline: 2nd August 2019

Designed to support front-line health professionals undertake relevant age-related diseases and frailty. Eligible candidates include; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working with odler people. Applicants must be a member of the BGS.

Full details of the scheme can be found here.

Please contact your research development team if you wish to apply for any external research funding! Email us:

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Alzheimer’s Research UK – Autumn Update

A few updates from the Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Grant Deadlines

Online deadline Grant scheme
23 January Major projects; Interdisciplinary Research Grant; Senior Research Fellowship; Research Fellowship; Clinical Research Fellowship; Network Cooperation Grant; Network Resource Grant; Network Support Grant

ARUK-DMT Clinical Research Fellowship; Race Against Dementia Fellowship

30 January Dementia Consortium
20 March Pilot Project Grant; Extension Grant


Two new schemes have been launched:


The ARUK-Dunhill Medical Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. This will fund a clinically qualified researcher (with previous experience in vascular dementia) up to £240,000 to cover salary, support staff, travel and running costs – see here for more info.

The Race Against Dementia Fellowship. This is a one-off call where the scheme will support Early Career Researchers (no more than 3 years post-PhD) with funds up to £500,000 for five years – see here for more info.

2019 Conference

The ARUK Conference for 2019 will be held in Harrogate on 19th-20th March. There will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Philip Scheltens.

On Monday 18th March an Early Careers Day will be held with sessions designed for PhD students, Postdocs and Fellows.

See here for more information on the conference and here for information on the Early Careers Event.

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NIHR Partnership Fellowship

The NIHR academy is now partnering with seven of the UK’s leading medical charities in order to offer a jointly funded Partnership Fellowship – available at both Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels. The partnership charities involved are:

nihr partnership fellowship

The aim of the fellowship is to; allow researchers the opportunity to build and maintain relationships with the NIHR and partners, enable engagement and input from patient groups and provide greater research exposure through media and communication channels.

The eligibility details for the scheme can be checked here. For full details of the scheme please visit the NIHR call.

Stage 1 Deadline: 18th December 1pm

If you would like to apply for this opportunity then please get in touch with your Research Development Team.


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AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are pleased to invite applications to the AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships scheme.

The scheme will provide the opportunity for each intake of fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers.

The fellowship scheme will go beyond current ad hoc arrangements, create deeper engagement between academia and policy, impact on diplomacy, increase the professional reputation of participating scholars and build long term, two way relationships. The benefits will flow to the wider academic community through fellows’ engagement with their home research organisation and wider research communities as well as through a dedicated policy seminar series hosted by the FCO during the lifetime of the scheme.

Deadline for Applications: 31st October 2017

For more information, please visit the ESRC.

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MetroPolis Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme


After the successful first call for applications, MetroPolis are pleased to announce the second call for applications for the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme are open.

The Fellowships are an ideal opportunity for staff who are developing potential policy-related impact linked to an evidence base in their research findings. The fellowships offer staff access to funding of up to £9,000 to cover the costs of a placement with an external organisation that can help to accelerate policy impact. Organisations can include government departments (international, national or local), think tanks, charities and businesses.

Established or establishing researchers from Manchester Met with a proven track record of high quality research with the potential to translate into policy impact are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit MetroPolis.

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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Event


For those of you interested in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The next deadline is 14 September 2017.