Our Lectureship programme

Over the last 30 years we have worked to build capacity in stroke research, funding over 100 research fellows as well as the UK's first Chair in Stroke.

Our new 2019-2024 Research Strategy maintains our commitment to establishing the stroke research experts of the future by continuing the successful Lectureship programme we began in our last strategy.

The Stroke Association Lectureship programme aims to address succession and sustainability in the careers of stroke researchers. We aim to develop a collaborative multidisciplinary community in which to nurture and build upon the careers of early-stage researchers, encourage more driven and high-calibre researchers into the field of stroke research, and ultimately to develop the research leaders of the future in stroke research, training and clinical excellence. These positions will play a critical role in building a vibrant community of clinical and non-clinical stroke researchers across the UK.

We welcome applications from medical professionals, basic and translational scientists, allied health professionals and nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, and other applied researchers including but not limited to: implementation scientists, health economists, digital health and computer scientists.

Over the course of the programme, we aim to support Stroke Association Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions.


In 2019-20, we invited applications to our UK-wide Lectureship Award Programme, available to researchers across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

Please do share information about our Lectureship funding with peers and colleagues and help to ensure we can deliver successful capacity building in stroke research in the UK.


This funding call is currently closed.

We’ll be making an announcement about our next Lectureship funding call soon. Email research@stroke.org.uk to sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear

Types of Lectureship award

During our 2014 – 19 Research Strategy, we supported eight different types of awards through our Lectureship Programme. From 2019, we will not be offering the Clinical and Non-Clinical Reader awards.

We have six different types of award and we encourage you to consider which is most appropriate for you:

  • Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
  • Senior Clinical Lectureship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
  • Clinical Lectureship for Medical Professionals.
  • Senior Clinical Lectureship for Medical Professionals.
  • Non-Clinical Lectureship.
  • Senior Non-Clinical Lectureship.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

We expect that all applicants will have involved people affected by stroke in the planning and development stages of their funding application, and will continue to do so if their application is 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.


For our 2019-20 Lectureship call, we separated the funding scheme into the six different awards available (see the section above for details).

Please read the Guidance document for more information about the award, the amount of funding available, and eligibility criteria for each of the award types before beginning an application.

Applications must be submitted to 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 you find that this is the case, please click on ‘Login’ and ‘Forgot password?’ The system will then email you instructions to set yourself a 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.

Our online award management 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 (RAP) 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 Lectureship awards 2020:

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 funding stream

You can find details of the number of applications we have received, and the number of awards funded, for our Lectureships programme since it began in 2014 here:

Awardee ceremonies at annual Keynote Lecture

Our Lectureships are presented at our annual Amazing Brains event (previously the Keynote Lecture). You can find out more about previous events, and learn more about the recipients of these awards, below:

Year one (2014-15)

Year two (2015-16)

Year three (2016-17)

Year four (2017-18)

Year five (2018-19)