Post Doctoral & Brain Entry Fellowships

Brain fellowships 2017: NOW CLOSED

 The Guarantors of Brain offer four types of Brain fellowships.

 

  • “Entry” clinical fellowships up to 12months, to provide clinicians transitional funding prior to starting a higher degree.
  • Post-doctoral clinical fellowships up to 12 months, for clinicians undertaking research after their PhD; and
  • New non-clinical post-doctoral fellowships up to 36 months, for basic scientists embedded in clinical research teams.
  • Clinical Research Fellowships, administered in partnership with the Association of British Neurologists. The 2017/18 fellowships are not yet open, but is expected to be November 2017. See the ABN website for details.

Applications for the 2017 Entry and Post Doctoral fellowships will opened 1st February, and closed 17th March 2017.  A new round is anticipated early 2018.  Click here for general Terms and Conditions of these fellowships. 

“Entry” clinical fellowships up to 12months

These fellowships provide bridging salary support for up to one year to early career clinicians based in the United Kingdom. The scheme is intended to provide transitional funding prior to obtaining a research fellowship (for a higher degree, PhD or MD). Funding covers the full time basic clinical salary (including superannuation, national insurance and London weighting) on the Specialist Registrar scale according to age and experience, up to a maximum of £60,000, pro rata, inclusive. It is recommended that applicants contact their finance or administration team in advance, to provide accurate figures and ensure that the institution will be able to manage the award.

Applicants must be eligible for, or engaged in, neurology, neurosurgery and neurophysiology or psychiatry higher specialist training in the UK (including MRCP or equivalent for the different specialties). The candidate must demonstrate their intention of a career in clinical academia, plus clear prospects to secure a definitive training post, research fellowship or lectureship for clinical academic training in the UK. 

Entry fellowships are not intended to fund one year MPhil or MSc studies.

To apply, you will need to submit the following documents electronically as a single PDF document, in order: 

  • Summary CV (Max 2 pages)
  • Outline of research to be undertaken and proposed start date (Max 1 page) 
  • Description of research supervisor(s) program and facilities (Max 1 page)  
  • Statement of career intentions (Max 1 page)
  • Letter of support from the Head of the Department in which the fellowship would be held.
  • Financial summary

Post doctoral clinical fellowships up to 12months (incorporating the former “Exit” fellowships)

The Post doctoral clinical fellowship provides salary support for up to one year to early/mid-career clinicians based in the United Kingdom. The scheme is intended to provide funding after completion of a higher degree (PhD or research MD).  The fellowship may follow immediately on completion of a PhD, or be taken after an interval of clinical training. 

Funding covers the full time basic clinical salary (including superannuation, national insurance and London weighting) on the Specialist Registrar scale according to age and experience, up to a maximum of £60,000 pa pro rata. It is recommended that applicants contact their finance or administration team in advance, to provide accurate figures and ensure that the institution will be able to manage the award.  Applications for part time research are welcomed, if the fellowship is the only employment, but applications for split funding between research and clinical training will not be considered.  

Applicants must be engaged in, neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology or psychiatry higher specialist training in the UK (including MRCP or equivalent for the different specialties). The candidate must demonstrate their intention and prospects of a career in clinical academia. The post-doctoral clinical fellowships are not intended for extending three-year PhD posts or clinical fellowships which have run behind schedule. Rather, the Guarantors of Brain require evidence of added value and new research.  This may include the pursuit of new discoveries arising during the course of a PhD/MD. Candidates just reaching their CCST are eligible to apply but established consultants or academics in faculty positions are not eligible. The maximum award remains £60,000 pro rata even for fellows with CCT. 

To apply, you will be required to submit the following documents electronically as a single PDF document, in order:

  • Summary CV (Max 2 pages)
  • Outline of research to be undertaken and proposed start date (Max 2 pages including figures and references)  
  • Description of research supervisor(s) program and facilities (Max 1 page)   
  • Statement of career intentions (Max 1 page)
  • Letter of support from the Head of the Department in which the fellowship would be held.
  • Financial summary

Non-clinical post-doctoral fellowships, up to 36 months

The new non-clinical post-doctoral fellowships provide salary support for up to three years to non-clinical postdoctoral career researchers who are working in clinical neuroscience setting in the United Kingdom. Successful candidates will demonstrate their interest in bringing basic science approaches to bear on key problems in clinical neuroscience.

The Fellowship must be undertaken after completion of a PhD or equivalent higher degree, to commence no more than six years from the PhD.

Funding consists of full time salary up to a maximum of £60,000 pa (including national insurance, superannuation and London weighting if relevant). Only salary support is provided, not consumables or travel expenses.

The Fellowships are intended to support research that is embedded in a clinical neuroscience setting, typically in clinical neurology and its related specialties, and research with clear goals for clinical translation. The candidate should demonstrate a long-term commitment to a career in clinical neuroscience.

This Fellowship is not open to clinically qualified researchers, who should instead consider the Brain Post Doctoral Clinical Fellowship (above). It is not open to those who intend to pursue a neuroscience project outside a clinical neuroscience setting or outside of the UK. Informal contact with the Secretary and Treasurer of Brain is welcomed, to discuss an application and eligibility. The final decision on eligibility rests with the Guarantors of Brain. 

The application must be sponsored by a clinician neuroscientist who is research active in the same academic institution, and be supported by the Head of Department or Director of the institute in which the research is to be undertaken .

To apply, you will be required to submit the following documents as a single PDF document, in order: 

  • Summary CV (Max 2 pages)
  • Outline of research to be undertaken (Max 2 pages including figures and references), making the scientific case for support and setting out the need for a non-clinical post doctoral researcher in the host's clinical neuroscience research program
  • Description of research sponsor’s program and facilities (Max 1 page)
  • Statement of career intentions (Max 1 page)
  • Letter of support from the Head of the Department or Director of Institution in which the fellowship would be held.
  • Financial summary, including statement of basic salary, total sum requested, and confirmation that the department or institute can support consumables and other costs necessary to undertake the work.

Note that considerable weight is attached to the letter of support from the Head of Department, or Director, and the case made that the fellowship is essential for the success of the clinical neuroscience program and the degree of institutional support. 

 

 

 

 


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