We support nurses and allied health professionals to start a career in stroke research. Our Junior Research Training Fellowships enable outstanding graduates to obtain a postgraduate research qualification (MPhil or PhD), giving them the required skills to ultimately undertake an independent career in stroke research.
Our fellowships are intended primarily for nurses and therapists (physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists). We may also consider applications from those in other health professions, such as bioengineering and biomechanics, but your suitability must be discussed with the Research department.
Our fellowships will be awarded to named candidates only from departments that can demonstrate past excellence in stroke research and a currently active stroke research programme.
We require the host department to provide appropriate supervision and a research training programme suitable for equipping the fellow for a career in stroke research, and to enable them to obtain a post-graduate qualification.
Please see the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's research priorities as an indicator of the areas which have been identified as important within physiotherapy research.
Three years full time. Junior Fellowships are awarded for two years in the first instance. This will be extended for a third year on request at 18 months, following suitable progress reports from the fellow, the named supervisor, head of department and the Institution’s Committee which monitors the progress of postgraduate students and which authorises registration onto a PhD course.
Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time, pro-rata basis but the minimum working hours would be equivalent to 0.6 WTE.
We award Junior Fellowships in March each year on the recommendation of a sub-committee of the Stroke Association Research Awards Committee using the system of expert peer review and a candidate interview.
Applications also need to be approved by our Council of Trustees so this may take some extra time.
£35,000 a year for two years, with a discretionary extension of £35,000 for the third year.
Awards are tenable only at Universities, NHS Trusts, Statutory Social Care Organisations or other Research Institutions within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.