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Career development fellowship

Maximum duration: Five years
Deadline: Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 16:00
Contact: Clare Farmer and Julie Marsden at

What do career development fellowships provide?

Career development fellowships aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists, vets, nurses and allied health professionals in research relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments.

Who can apply for career development fellowships?

Applicants should normally have at least three years’ postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should be associated with an established sponsor, within a multidisciplinary research group in a UK university department, hospital or research institute. Please note, medically or surgically qualified individuals that are practising medicine, aren't eligible to apply for this scheme.

What can you apply for?

Fellowships are normally awarded for five years and aren't renewable.

There's no formal limit on costs that can be applied for; however, detailed justification of costs requested should be provided in the fellowship application. Click here for further information on eligible and ineligible costs.


  • Should be requested according to experience on the appropriate scientific scale (including London weighting if relevant)
  • a maximum starting salary of spine point 43 on the national scale
  • salaries of support staff, such as technicians and research assistants, will not be funded.


You are permitted to apply for reasonable research expenses directly related to your proposal, including:

  • Consumables
  • small pieces of equipment (up to £30,000 in value)
  • purchase and maintenance of laboratory animals (see below)
  • travel to a collaborating institution.

Studies involving animals must provide adequate details on the number, species, strain and associated costs of animals to be used in the study. Justification for the use of animals and why a suitable alternative cannot be used must also be provided. Arthritis Research UK is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and supports the principle of the 3Rs.

Conference attendance should not be included in the application form. A travel support fund for presenting outputs arising from the fellowship at national and international conferences will be allocated to the grant if successful.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through our grants management system, Grant Tracker.

Applications should be submitted jointly by the candidate with his/her sponsor, outlining the proposed programme of research.

The fellowship application is a one-stage process – a full application should be submitted by the deadline.

As part of the full application you will be asked to complete a short scientific summary which will be used by the fellowship funding panel for the purposes of triage. Information on completing the scientific summary can be found within the online application form.

How career development fellowships are awarded

There are four stages to the assessment process:

  1. Triage: at this initial stage the scientific summaries of each application are assessed by the fellowship funding panel. Applicants will be informed at an early stage if their proposal has been triaged and all other applications will undergo full peer review.
  2. Peer review: the applications of those successful at triage are sent for external peer review by experts from the UK and abroad and of international standing in the field of the proposal.
  3. Shortlisting: the applications and peer reviews are assessed by the fellowship funding panel. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend interview.
  4. Interview: the fellowship awarding panel interview the shortlisted applicants and make funding decisions.

Awards are typically made 4–5 months after the deadline date.


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