The funding call for Postgraduate Fellowships is currently open. Please note, this call was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new closing date for applications is 5pm on 15 January 2021.

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 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 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 via research@stroke.org.uk 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 your university only allows 4 year PhDs, you are permitted to apply for this funding scheme. You can either apply before you begin the 4 year PhD or when you are in the first year of your PhD, applying for funding for the last 3 years of funding. In either case, the funding cap for the Stroke Association award is £115,000.

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. 

Interviews will be held on 28 April 2021. You'll be informed two weeks before whether you have been shortlisted for interview.

Amount

In most circumstances, the funding will be £115,000 across 3 years (£38,333 per year) subject to the fellow making satisfactory progress. Awards will be made initially as £38,333 a year for two years, with a discretionary extension of £38,333 for the third year.

Deadline

All applications must be submitted via our online portal by 5pm on 15 January 2021. Late submissions will not be considered.

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 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 Postgraduate Fellowship awards

You can find details of the number of applications received and the number funded for this stream in recent years here:

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