Our Postgraduate Fellowships (formerly called 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.

We specifically welcome applications from Nurses and Allied Health Professionals but those conducting applied research in the area of stroke will also be eligible. Please contact the Research Office if you are unsure of, or have any queries regarding, your eligibility for this award. 

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 postgraduate qualification.


Three years full-time.

Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time, pro-rata basis but the minimum working hours would be equivalent to 0.6 WTE.


Postgraduate Fellowships are awarded on the recommendation of a panel made up of members of the Stroke Association’s Research Awards Pool using the system of expert peer review and a candidate interview. The next awards will be made in March 2018.


£35,000 a year for two years, with a discretionary extension of £35,000 for the third year.


Call for applications now closed.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a panel interview on Thursday 15 February 2018.

The Research Department will send out invitation letters for interview. Please hold the interview dates in your diary until we confirm if you have been shortlisted or not. You'll receive a letter confirming this approximately two weeks before the interview date.

Awards will be made in March 2018.


Awards are available only at Universities, NHS Trusts, Statutory Social Care Organisations or other Research Institutions within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Please read our Guidance document and Conditions of Award before beginning an application:

You can apply for an award through our online award management system.

To begin an application, please create an account. If you have previously interacted with us then your email address may already be in the system. If this is the case, please click on ‘Login’ and ‘Forgot password?’. The system will then email you instructions to set yourself a new password.

After you have logged in, please click on ‘Application Portal’ at the top of the page, then select which award you would like to start an application for from the 'Click here to start an application' search bar in the blue panel on this page.

This system should work on all major browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge but we would not recommend using Internet Explorer below version 9.

If you have any issues with the system or have any feedback, please email us at research@stroke.org.uk or call 020 7566 1543.

Our interview panel

Members of our Research Awards Pool are chosen based on the expertise required on adjudication panels. To avoid conflicts of interest any RAP member applying for funding in any of our funding rounds will take no part in the adjudication of that round. All RAP members sign up to our RAP Code of Practice. All applications are sent out for external peer review and all reviewers sign our Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest Policy

Membership of the interview panel for our Postgraduate Fellowship awards 2018:

If you are a research expert and would like to register your interest in becoming a member of our Research Awards Pool please email us at research@stroke.org.uk

Success rates for Postgraduate Fellowship awards

Details on the number of applications received and the number funded for this stream: