Clinical Research Training Fellowships
We support medically qualified trainee doctors to undertake a PhD or MD in clinical research.
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Scheme A: Pump-priming award 

This scheme offers up to two years of support to collect preliminary data for an application for a PhD fellowship from a national funder. Applicants must not have completed more than 6 months of research before the start of the Fellowship, if awarded.

Fellows are expected to apply for external fellowships during the period of the grant.

Scheme B: PhD completion award

This scheme provides 1 year of funding to complete a PhD. Applicants must have received up to 2 years of funding for a PhD or MD through a nationally competitive award.

Who can apply 

For the duration of the Fellowship, you must be:

  • an employee of Barts Health NHS Trust or Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise
  • released from any training or clinical requirements (full time Fellows may request to spend 20% of their time undertaking clinical duties to maintain their clinical competence).

Your Primary Supervisor must have a contract of employment at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The Primary Supervisor will act as Sponsor for the grant, if successful, and is responsible for the administration of the award.

Additional supervisors/collaborators, based at any organisation, should be identified to support the work proposed in this application. All supervisors must provide the Fellow with guidance and support during the application process and the grant, if successful.

What we offer

We will fund the Fellow’s salary, PhD fees and up to £7,000 per year for research costs. 

Please see the Barts Charity Grants cost policy for more detail. 

How to apply

Our Funding and Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and support. We encourage you to contact us in advance if you have any queries. 

Contact the Funding and Impact team

Stage 1: Complete the online application form

Remember to save your application often and to attach all the necessary documents before submission.

The application must be costed and agreed by the Queen Mary  Joint Research Management Office (JRMO). Please contact the relevant team well in advance of the submission date to allow enough time to provide your costing.

Stage 2: Your host organisation reviews your application and submits it to Barts Charity. 

Applications must be submitted to Barts Charity by 5pm on the day of the deadline. 

Funding decision and review 

Stage 1: Peer review
Your application will be sent for external written peer review from experts in your field. You can suggest and exclude potential reviewers on the application form. 

Stage 2: Shortlisting
The Clinical Research Training Fellowship Interview Panel will review your application, supported with the peer review reports, and decide whether to shortlist your application for interview. If invited, you will be given at least two weeks’ notice and we will send you anonymised comments from the external peer reviewers.  

Stage 3: Interview
The interviews will be conducted by the Clinical Research Training Fellowship Interview Panel, who makes the final funding decision. 

Key dates

2021/2207 October 2021 Early February 2022 
2022/2325 August 2022 Early December 2022 

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