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Joint funded MRC clinician scientist fellowship

Maximum duration: four - five years

Deadline: 16:00 on Wednesday 10 January 2018

Contact: The MRC programme manager at

What do clinician scientist fellowships provide?

These fellowships allow talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals, who have gained a higher research degree to lead their own research, establish a research team and make the transition to independent investigator.

The clinical scientist fellowship (CSF) provides either four year or five years' support, covering personal salary costs, together with support for research staff, consumable expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project.

Who can apply for a clinician scientist fellowship?

The CSF aims to support individuals transitioning to independence and is open to hospital doctors, dentists, general practitioners, nurses, midwives and members of the allied health professions. Veterinarians may apply where they have equivalent qualifications and providing their project is of relevance to the charity. Medical or dental graduate should be of specialty registrar (StR) or consultant status, or be at the equivalent level in general practice and if not, have clear plans for doing so and have consulted their deanery prior to submitting the application. Applicants must not have held a comparable intermediate fellowship (from any organisation) previously.

All applicants must have obtained a PhD (or equivalent), or expect to have done so, by the time they take up the award. There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience and to be considered suitable, all applicants must clearly demonstrate how their skills and experience at the time of application will help them transition to independence.

What can you apply for?

The CSF provides full personal salary costs, together with support for research staff, consumables expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project. There is no limit to the funding that can be requested under the scheme, but requests must be appropriate to the project and sufficiently justified in terms of delivering the objective of the research proposal.

In the case of a five year 'Tenure Track CSFs' award the final year of the fellow’s salary is met by the host research organisation, all other costs associated with the final year of the fellowship are met by the CSF award.

Applicants are particularly encouraged to consider the opportunities the fellowship offers to establish collaborative networks and for cross-sector development, as the award will support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution, or within industry where appropriate for the research project.

What are the time allowances for non-fellowship activities?

As part of a full-time award, fellows may spend up to six hours a week (pro-rated for part-time fellows) on other commitments (e.g. teaching, demonstrating, other funded projects) or may undertake up to two clinical sessions a week. For patient-orientated projects where the clinical sessions undertaken will be of direct relevance to the research, applicants may request up to five years’ funding and undertake up to four clinical sessions a week. Applicants planning to undertake more than two clinical sessions a week during their fellowship are advised to contact the MRC office prior to submission.

Greater flexibility on the time dedicated to non-fellowship activities (e.g. those detailed above or obtaining grant support) may be permitted during the second half of a fellowship. Existing fellows wishing to pursue other project funding or additional clinical sessions should contact prior to making any commitment.

How to apply?

These grants are administered by the MRC, more information and details on how to apply and details of the fellowship can be found on their website.

During the review process, prior career breaks, flexible working and changes in discipline will be taken into account when assessing research experience to date and track record.

The CSF competition is now open, the application deadline is Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 16:00.

Shortlisting will take place in May 2018 and interviews will be held on 19 or 20 June 2018.

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