Clinical Research Fellowships
The MRC clinical research training fellowship provides up to three years' support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training in the bio-medical sciences within the UK. A further year’s funding is available for patient orientated clinical research training fellowships. The scheme is designed to accommodate the dual clinical-research training career path by allowing fellows to spend up to 20 per cent of their time on NHS sessions. Fellows are required to register for a research degree, normally a PhD, based on research undertaken during the fellowship.
It is awarded at the clinical pre-doctoral or entry level, although medically qualified applicants who obtained their PhD some time ago may also exceptionally be considered.
The CRTF supports clinicians to undertake a higher research degree (PhD or MD). Medically qualified applicants who obtained their PhD some time ago may also be considered. The fellowship offers such applicants a valuable opportunity to undertake early post-doctoral training in order to build up a track record in their particular research field, enabling them to then be competitive at the Clinician Scientist Fellowship level.
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The CRTF provides a competitive personal salary up to but not including NHS consultant level, and funding of up to £20,000 per year. This may cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees.
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