Starter fellowships

Are you a clinician 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?

Birmingham Health Partners is proud to offer a fellowship scheme designed to provide the launch pad for clinicians interested in translational research.

These one-year fellowships are funded through the kind support of the Metchley Park Medical Society and BHP members including the University of Birmingham’s NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme. Since launching in 2014, we have appointed 30 fellows and are now recruiting for our 10th cohort.

This scheme offers an invaluable route into research, as evidenced by our successful fellows. To date, 76% of the award recipients have progressed to further funding, with 50% sourcing external awards from the BHF, Cancer Research UK and the MRC, amongst others. You can read more about their experiences below.

Applications are currently being accepted – deadline Thursday 30 November.

The fellowships provide one year’s salary cost, and the programme is expected to be undertaken as a primary role, rather than alongside current activities. In addition, a consumables and training bursary for up to £5k is provided by the University of Birmingham’s Integrated Academic Training (IAT) programme. Successful completion of the year-long research will result in the award of Masters by Research.

As an employee, participants will have full access to educational facilities at the University of Birmingham. 

All applicants must:

      • Hold a clinical or medical qualification
          • If in possession of a medical qualification, must also have a postgraduate qualification such as the MRCP or equivalent. A National Training Number is desirable and must be Specialty Training Level 5 (or equivalent salary) or under at the commencement of the fellowship
          • If a non-medical applicant, must be NHS Band 7 or below at the commencement of the fellowship
          • If an Academic Clinical Fellow, you must clearly justify why this post is necessary and why you are not applying for a national award
      • Have identified an area of research and a supervisor who must hold a substantive contract as a consultant or scientist within Birmingham Health Partners organisations
      • Have the full support of their clinical supervisor/manager to undertake the one-year fellowship
      • Have agreement from the supervisor/manager to cover any additional 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

We particularly encourage applications with a focus on: applied health research; translational research; or bioinformatics research using big data. The scheme will not fund projects that involve animal research. 

Applications for 2024 are currently open. To apply, please:

      1. Complete the BHP Starter Fellowship application form 2023_24 (click link to download). Word limits must be strictly observed, applications exceeding word limits will be rejected without being read. No appendices or supporting documents will be accepted
      2. Provide a two page CV of the applicant using the BHP Starter Fellowship CV template 2023 (click link to download). 
      3. Provide a two page CV of the supervisor
      4. Submit all of the above to by Thursday 30 November 2023.

Interviews typically take place in February, with successful fellows commencing in Autumn.

For further information please email Professor Lorraine Harper at