Brain Research UK Fellowships Open for Application

Brain Research UK is inviting applications for the 2024 round of its Postdoctoral Fellowship and Clinical PhD Fellowships to support researchers in the UK conducting high-quality research with the potential to deliver significant impact and improve quality of life for people affected by neurological conditions, focusing on priority areas with a particularly high, un-met level of patient need.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships are a maximum of £300,000 over three years to fund salary and research costs for postdoctoral researchers who have some prior research experience in a relevant field and are seeking to conduct independent research under guidance of a mentor. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate an upward trajectory towards independent research.

The Clinical PhD Fellowships are a maximum of £300,000 to cover salary, fees and research costs for medical doctors who are at an appropriate point in their clinical training to undertake a PhD in support of establishing a clinical academic career. Applicants should hold a medical degree, have some postgraduate experience and be moving toward specialty training. The fellowships are intended to allow candidates to commit to a PhD on a full-time basis at an institution in the UK and will fund the candidate’s salary, research costs and fees (at UK home rate) for a period of two to four years. Applicants who are already registered for a PhD and have conducted no more than one year on a PhD course in a full-time capacity may also apply.

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For both fellowships, proposed research must address unmet need within one of the Brain Research UK priority research themes:

  • Headache and facial pain – research that aims to improve the management and treatment of headache or facial pain disorders. Projects should address the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of headache and facial pain.
  • Neuro-oncology – research that aims to improve clinical outcomes for patients with primary tumours of the brain or spinal cord. Projects should address the fundamental causes, mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment or primary tumours of the brain or spinal cord, and associated neurological complications.
  • Acquired brain and spinal cord injuries – research that aims to protect or restore function in patients following brain or spinal cord injury. Projects should address the mechanisms of the injury, the mechanisms of the recovery process and determinants of outcome.

Proposed research must be either:

  • Pre-clinical or clinical research driven by a mechanistic hypothesis and demonstrating a clear pathway to translation; or
  • The development of a biological model of disease that enhances one of the three research themes and facilitates translation (such models may be in vivo or other 3D models, and must support the future testing of a mechanistic hypothesis).

(This Bulletin article was the subject of a ResearchConnect news alert.)