Research Fellowships


Research Fellowship Awards

Applications for the 2018/19 round of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships are now closed. Applications for the next round will open later in the year. 

As part of our charitable objectives, we are committed to supporting our hospitals to undertake pioneering research and invest in the training and development of hospital staff. The Research Fellowship programme provides ‘first-step funding’ for health professionals looking to begin their academic career.

The key aim of the programme is to allow the successful applicants to undertake 12 months research to develop their research skills and produce the necessary data to springboard onto successful funding bids for further study.

Applicants are asked to identify an important research question that will make an impact on patient care within the Trust, surrounding communities and the wider NHS.

Since 2009, together with our funding partner, the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, the charity has made a total of 55 Fellowships totalling £2.5 million. We have funded research into new and novel diagnostic techniques and treatments, self-management and aftercare, research into service delivery, team dynamics and decision making, shift handover procedures through to projects on the implementation of clinical guidelines.

How much can I apply for?

The Fellowship provides a maximum award of £50,000 for a period of 12 months. Funds are to provide support for the individual Fellow's salary and related research expenses.

Please note funding is available for a period of 12 months. If, however, there is a request to undertake the Fellowship part-time and requires an extended duration please email our grants team at

Am I eligible?

These eligibility requirements apply to both schemes:

  • Applicants must be working at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at the time of application. They must currently deliver services and plan to undertake their proposed research project for the benefit of patients at ICHT* and/or surrounding communities.
    *Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, St Mary's and/or Western Eye hospitals.
  • Please note you are not eligible to apply if you are employed by Imperial College London only. Applications can only be accepted from NHS employees working within/for ICHT. We will consider honorary and joint contracts with ICL on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to utilising the Fellowship position to undertake further study.
  • Applicants must be UK resident.

How to apply

The Research Fellowship schemes are an annual round. The 2018/19 award round has now closed and the next intake of applications for 2019/20 will open in November 2018.

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