Starter fellowships

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We are not currently accepting applications for this programme.

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 following:

The fellowships provide one year’s salary cost, and the programme is expected to be undertaken full-time. Successful completion of the year-long research will result in the award of Masters by Research.

During the fellowship, applicants are expected to undertake the necessary pilot and preparatory work required to apply to research funding bodies for a competitive clinical doctoral training fellowship for a further two or three years protected research time to allow the successful completion of the project, acquisition of an MD or PhD and progression towards a clinical academic career. Successful fellows will also be expected to provide medical cover to the Clinical Research Facility one day per week.

Participants will have full access to educational facilities at BHP member organisations the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham, and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s. 

All applicants must:

      • Hold a clinical 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
          • If an Academic Clinical Fellow, you must clearly justify why this post is necessary
      • Have identified an area of research and a supervisor who must be a consultant or scientist within Birmingham Health Partners
      • Have the full support of their clinical supervisor/manager to undertake the one-year fellowship
      • Have agreement from the supervisor/manager 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

We particularly encourage applications with a focus on: applied health research; translational research; bioinformatics, using big data; and joint and related inflammatory disease. 

Application forms and supplementary information will be uploaded to this page when the programme opens recruitment.