Starter fellowships opportunity

The Birmingham Health Partners Starter Fellowships 

Applications for Round 6 are now closed

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?

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

These one year fellowships are funded through the kind support of the following:

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 be expected to provide medical cover to the Clinical Research Facility one day per week.

What will the fellowship offer?

      • The fellowships will provide one year’s salary cost which is expected to be undertaken full-time
      • Successful completion of one year’s research will result in the 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 Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWCH) education facilities

Who can apply?

All applicants must:

      • Be in possession of 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 the clinical supervisor/manager to undertake the 1 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 would particularly encourage applications with a focus on:

      • Applied Health Research
      • Translational research
      • Bioinformatics research using big data
      • Joint and related inflammatory disease

How do I apply?

The deadline for all applications is Friday 22nd November 2019.  Interviews will take place in February 2020, with successful fellows commencing in Autumn 2020.

You will need to complete the following steps:

      1. Complete the application form (which will be available on this page when Round 7 applications open). 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 template which will be available on this page when Round 7 applications open
      3. Provide a two page CV of the supervisor
      4. Submit all of the above to

Where can I find out more?

For further information please email Professor Lorraine Harper at

Previous BHP Fellows share their experience….

Mr Karl Payne, BHP Fellowship 2018 – 2019

Dr Anna Price, BHP Fellowship 2015-2016