Starter fellowships opportunity

The Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) starter fellowships opportunity
Applications for the 2017 round have now closed. 
The next round will open in July 2018.


Are you a junior doctor interested in translational research? Would you like to undertake a PhD or MD but need the skills and experience to make the first step? Do you have an idea for a research project but need funding to develop an application for a competitive fellowship?

The Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) is proud to be offering a fellowship scheme designed to provide the launch pad for a junior doctor interested in translational research.

These one year fellowships are funded by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, Metchley Park Medical Society and University of Birmingham.

During the fellowship, the applicant is expected to undertake the necessary pilot and preparatory work required to apply to research funding bodies for a further two or three years to allow the successful completion of the project, acquisition of a MD or PhD and progression towards a clinical academic career.

What will the fellowship offer?

  • The fellowships will provide one year’s salary cost of a junior doctor
  • Successful completion of one year’s research will result in award of a Masters by Research
  • You will gain full access to the University of Birmingham (UoB), University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BCH) education facilities

Who can apply?

All applicants must:

  • Be in possession of a basic medical qualification and postgraduate qualification such as the MRCP or equivalent.  A National Training Number is desirable
  • Not have previously occupied an academic clinical fellow post
  • Have identified an area of research and a supervisor who must be a consultant or scientist within Birmingham Health Partners
  • Have agreement from the proposed supervisor to cover the necessary consumable costs of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship
  • Have clear plans for the provision of further funding with specific funding streams (fellowships, project grants) identified

How do I apply?

Applications have now closed.

Where can I find out more?

For further information please email Professor Lorraine Harper at