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.

The Stroke Association supports Fellows who plan to conduct stroke research into clinical and applied health, including social care research. This includes research that is conducted to answer specific questions relating to day-to-day practice in health services or community settings, and which has the potential to have an impact on the health or well-being of people affected by stroke. A clear trajectory to patient benefit is essential.

We specifically welcome applications from nurses and Allied Health Professionals; however, those conducting applied research in the area of stroke will also be considered eligible (including psychologists and pharmacists).

The Stroke Association will not fund basic or pre-clinical research through this wholly-funded Postgraduate Fellowship scheme. This does not apply to our joint Clinical Fellowship programmes with the Medical Research Council (MRC) or Association of British Neurologists (ABN), which are open to research across the whole pathway.

Our fellowships will be awarded to named candidates and we require the host department to provide appropriate supervision and a research training programme suitable to equip the fellow for a career in stroke research and to enable them to obtain a postgraduate qualification.

Please contact the Research Office if you are unsure of, or have any queries regarding, your eligibility for this award.

Duration

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.

If a Fellow’s university only allows 4 year PhDs they are permitted to apply for this funding scheme when they are in the first year of their PhD, applying for funding for the last 3 years of funding.

Adjudication

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 2019.

Amount

£35,000 a year for two years, with a discretionary extension of £35,000 for the third year subject to the Fellow making satisfactory progress.

Deadline

Call for applications now closed.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a panel interview on Thursday 14 February 2019.

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 2019.

Eligibility

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.

Physicians and similar medical professionals are not eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Fellowship and should apply for a Clinical Research Training Fellowship, which will be awarded jointly by the Stroke Association and MRC. Please see the MRC website or email the Research team for further details of this.

Fellows must have at least two supervisors: one lead supervisor who bears overall responsibility for the training and the research project and a second supervisor who may be less active in supervision and support. Additional supervisors are not mandatory but are permitted.

Applicants will be asked to give details of whether they have involved their local Research Design Service (RDS) or Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) in the development of the research proposal, including details of any discussions they have had with the RDS/CTU, improvements to the proposal as a result of the advice offered and their ongoing involvement in the project. Please note: for clinical trial applications, the involvement of a CTU is mandatory and applicants will need to outline their lead supervisor’s track record in running clinical studies and the expected role of the supervisor in ensuring the study will recruit to target and stay on track.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

It is desirable for applicants to have involved people affected by stroke in the planning and development stages of their funding application, and to continue to do so should their application be successful. This involvement should be meaningful, and people affected by stroke should have a real opportunity to contribute to your research.

Find out more about how we can help you to involve people affected by stroke in your work.

Apply

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:

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