Our Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly called Senior Research Training Fellowships) are intended to provide outstanding postdoctoral candidates the necessary skills and training for the development of an independent career in academic stroke research.

The award allows Fellows to hold research funds in their own name, and undertake an independent research project under the supervision of an established member of the stroke research community. It is a condition of the award that the Fellow seeks to obtain further research funds during the tenure of the award, in order to consolidate and advance their career.

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 welcome applications from 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.

The Stroke Association will not fund basic or pre-clinical research through this wholly-funded Postdoctoral 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.

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.

Adjudication

Postdoctoral 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 2020.

Amount

A maximum of £215,000 over three years.

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 1 November 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a panel interview on Wednesday, 12 February 2020.

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 2020.

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.

Applicants are not eligible to apply to this funding scheme if you currently hold a permanent contract with your university. For example, if you are in a permanent Research Associate role, you are not eligible for this scheme but are eligible to apply as the Lead Applicant to our Project Grant scheme

Physicians and similar medical professionals are not eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship; they may wish to consider the Stroke Association lectureship scheme.

Applicants should have submitted their PhD thesis prior to the deadline for applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. All applicants will need to have been awarded their PhD before beginning their Postdoctoral Fellowship, should they be successful after interview. Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to those who have undertaken up to maximum 6 years active research subsequent to obtaining their PhD qualification, excluding career breaks and other periods of leave such as sickness and maternity. 

Fellows must have one lead supervisor who bears overall responsibility for the training and the research project. Additional supervisors are recommended.

Applicants must include a named mentor and a support letter from the mentor in the application form. You will be asked to justify the appropriateness of your choice of mentor. (Mentoring is a widely used development tool that can have a beneficial impact on effectiveness, confidence and career advancement. We have found that researchers who have a mentor have a greater clarity of purpose and productivity, have increased sector knowledge, and are better prepared to reach their career aspirations.)

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)

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 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 Postdoctoral Fellowship awards 2019:

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 Postdoctoral Fellowship awards

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

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