Apply for funding

You can check to see if we are open to applications here, as well as find detailed guidance on how to do so and other information such as success rates from previously advertised schemes in our FAQs. Our calls for applications are organised around focused themes so please do check our latest detailed call guidance.

We know that there’s a huge amount to do, so we need to prioritise.  We will be focusing on some key themes for support for our current plan period (2020-2025) and will be making periodic detailed calls for proposals focused on one or more of these themes. We hope that this will provide greater clarity for applicants and improve our ability to apply sufficient resources to make practical impact.  The call information will detail the available funding mechanisms (e.g. project grants, studentships, fellowships).

You can also check the DMT Academy Jobs and Studentships Board for studentship, fellowship and other research vacancies offered by our award-holders and the UK Ageing Research Funders’ Forum (UKARFF) news page for announcements about ageing-related research funding opportunities from other funders.

Open calls and deadlines

We publish our invitations to apply for funding here. Please do check our invitations and deadlines carefully. You can find the answers to frequently asked questions below. Please note that we also leave details of calls where the deadline for application has passed here so that you can check the timetable for decision and award.

DMT Proleptic Post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme

If your browser doesn’t open the dropdown boxes below, you can view the detailed call guidelines here.

Before being eligible to nominate a candidate, Heads of Department/Centre or Institute Directors must contact the Trust’s Grants Team to arrange an informal conversation to discuss the Fellowship opportunity.

As part of our 2020-25 strategic framework, we are committed to providing targeted support both to institutions which have demonstrated a long-term commitment to ageing-related research, but also to early career researchers, to ensure we continue to build and maintain research capacity in this important area. We are also signatories of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and following publication of our Concordat action plan, piloted a scheme of Proleptic Fellowships for post-doctoral researchers in a small group of institutions which had previously been recipients of our Multiple PhD Studentship awards. Following the success of the pilot in 2022/23, we are delighted to be opening the scheme up to all eligible research institutions nationally.

The focus of the proposed research must address one or more of the following priority research themes outlined in our 2020-25 strategic framework:

  • improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of ageing and age-related disease;
  • target the social determinants of healthy life expectancy;
  • improve quality of life for older people, in particular:
    • in developing and delivering suitable living environments;
    • addressing the issues of age-related vision, hearing and oral health;
  • have the potential to prevent, delay or reduce future health and social care requirements, in particular, improve the ability to maintain functional independence for older adults.

Please note that research with a specific focus on cancer will not be eligible for funding.

All proposals, regardless of topic, should be aligned with the Trust’s key principles for research as detailed on page nine of our 2020-25 strategic framework. In particular:

  • Patient, carer and/or public involvement (PPI) should be considered in all aspects of the proposed study and its development.
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) should be considered in all aspects of the proposed study and its development.
  • A commitment to capacity-building and researcher career-development in ageing-related research during and beyond the lifetime of the proposed Fellowship – in line with our action plan in support of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers – should be demonstrated, with practical examples.
  • Where appropriate, proposals should demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to the proposed research.

This scheme is for post-doctoral researchers with three to ten years’ post-doctoral research experience, who are currently without a permanent position, but have demonstrated excellence and a capacity for independent work and are considered future leaders in ageing-related research. When considering research experience and eligibility, we will take into account any career breaks, parental leave and/or the impacts of COVID-19.

Please note that only one candidate per Department/Centre/Institute may be nominated to apply. Heads of Department/Centre or Institute Directors must contact the Trust’s Grants Team to arrange an informal conversation before nominating a candidate.

Funding has been made available to support at least two awards (of three to five years in duration full-time, and up to six to ten years part-time) on a co-funded basis with the respective host institution(s).

It is expected that funding from the Trust will taper over time so that, by the end of the Fellowship, host Departments/Centres/Institutes are fully funding the Fellow and have committed to providing them with a permanent academic position[1], subject to satisfactory performance.


[1] For example, for a three-year Fellowship: Year 1: Trust funds 100%, Year 2: Trust funds 67%, Year 3: Trust funds 33%, Year 4: Institution funds 100%. For a five-year Fellowship: Year 1: Trust funds 100%, Year 2: Trust funds 80%, Year 3: Trust Funds 60%, Year 4: Trust funds 40%, Year 5: Trust funds 20%, Year 6: Institution funds 100%. It is expected that the tapering will apply to the Fellow’s gross salary, and that the Departments/Centres/Institutes will also contribute to other aspects of the budget, such as running expenses, equipment and other costs.

  • Deadline for Heads of Department/Centre or Institute Directors to nominate a candidate – Friday 31st May 2024 (5pm)
  • Eligible candidates invited to online application stage – w/c 3rd June 2024
  • Deadline for submission of online applications – Friday 2nd August 2024 (5pm)
  • Peer review and Panel review/shortlisting of applications – August – December 2024
  • Candidates notified of the outcome of their application and, if shortlisted, invitation to attend an interview – w/c 6th January 2025
  • Interviews held by our Panel – w/c 20th January 2025
  • Ratification of the Panel’s recommendation as to which applicants should be funded – 4th February 2025
  • Shortlisted applicants notified of the outcome of their interview – Mid-March 2025

We will continue to advertise the call through our Twitter / X account and to our mailing list subscribers. To subscribe to receive news and updates from us, please add your details to the ‘Join our community’ section of our “Contact us” page.

Prospective applicants are asked to read our Funding FAQs and eligibility Q&A on our website. Our Terms and Conditions for Research Grants will also apply.

If you have any queries relating to the call, please email [email protected] and our Grants Team will be able to assist you.

Once you have read our eligibility Q&A, the call guidelines and our Funding FAQs, you can start your application on our Grants Management Portal.

DMT Early Career Post-doctoral Fellowship Pilot Scheme

If your browser doesn’t open the dropdown boxes below, you can view the detailed call guidelines here.

Once you’ve read the call guidelines and checked you are eligible for funding, you can start your application on our Grants Management Portal.

As part of our 2020-25 strategic framework, we are committed to providing targeted support both to institutions which have demonstrated a long-term commitment to ageing-related research, but also to early career researchers, to ensure we continue to build and maintain research capacity in this important area. We are also signatories of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and have updated our Concordat action plan, in which we commit to regularly reviewing our existing Fellowship opportunities. With this in mind, and in consultation with our Research Grants Committee, it was agreed that supporting ageing-related researchers through the early post-doctoral career stage would build on our existing commitments to capacity-building within the UK.

The focus of the proposed research must address one or more of the following priority research themes outlined in our 2020-25 strategic framework:

  • improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of ageing and age-related disease;
  • target the social determinants of healthy life expectancy;
  • improve quality of life for older people, in particular:
    • in developing and delivering suitable living environments;
    • addressing the issues of age-related vision, hearing and oral health;
  • have the potential to prevent, delay or reduce future health and social care requirements, in particular, improve the ability to maintain functional independence for older adults.

Please note that research with a specific focus on cancer will not be eligible for funding.

All proposals, regardless of topic, should be aligned with the Trust’s key principles for research as detailed on page nine of our 2020-25 strategic framework. In particular:

  • Patient, carer and/or public involvement (PPI) should be considered in all aspects of the proposed study and its development.
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) should be considered in all aspects of the proposed study and its development.
  • A commitment to capacity-building and researcher career-development in ageing-related research during and beyond the lifetime of the proposed Fellowship – in line with our action plan in support of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers – should be demonstrated, with practical examples.
  • Where appropriate, proposals should demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to the proposed research.

This scheme is for early career post-doctoral researchers who have up to three years’ post-doctoral research experience and have demonstrated excellence and a capacity for independent research. When considering research experience and eligibility, we will take into account any career breaks, parental leave and/or the impacts of COVID-19.

Any Fellowships awarded must be based at the following Departments/Centres, which have already demonstrated an organisational strategic commitment to ageing-related research and the career development of early career researchers through our 2020 and 2022 Multiple PhD Studentship schemes.

InstitutionEligible Departments/Centres
Loughborough University1) School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences; 2) the School of Design and Creative Arts; and 3) the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Newcastle UniversityFaculty of Medical Sciences
University College LondonInstitute of Healthy Ageing
University of AberdeenSchool of Psychology
University of BirminghamSchool of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Edinburgh1) Advanced Care Research Centre Academy; 2) the Usher Institute’s Ageing and Health Research Group and Acute Care Research Group; and 3) the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh
University of LiverpoolInstitute of Life Course and Medical Sciences
University of ManchesterHealthy Ageing Research Group
University of SheffieldHealthy Lifespan Institute
University of Strathclyde1) Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences; 2) the Department of Architecture; 3) the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and 4) the Department of Computer and Information Science
University of SurreyFaculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Applicants are not required to have been previously funded by the Trust. In addition, as the Principal Investigator/lead applicant, you can either be based at or recruited into an eligible Department/Centre (as listed above) when applying. However, you must apply with the support of a Primary Supervisor who is based at the eligible Department/Centre, and that of the respective Head of Department.

Funding has been made available to support at least three awards of up to £300k, with a maximum duration of three years full-time (and up to six years part-time).

  • Call open to applications – Monday 4th March 2024
  • Deadline for submission of applications – 29th April 2024 (5pm)
  • Peer and Panel review/shortlisting – May-September 2024
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates 19th September 2024
  • Ratification of the Panel’s funding recommendation at DMT Research Grants Committee meeting – 8th October 2024
  • Shortlisted candidates notified of the outcome of their application – Mid-November 2024

We will continue to advertise the call through our Twitter / X account and to our mailing list subscribers. To subscribe to receive news and updates from us, please add your details to the ‘Join our community’ section of our “Contact us” page.

Prospective applicants are asked to read our Funding FAQs and eligibility Q&A on our website. Our Terms and Conditions for Research Grants will also apply.

If you have any queries relating to the call, please email [email protected] and our Grants Team will be able to assist you.

Once you have read our eligibility Q&A, the call guidelines and our Funding FAQs, you can start your application on our Grants Management Portal.

Joint RNID / DMT Early-career Post-doctoral Fellowship

This scheme is managed by RNID – you can find full details, including how to apply, on the RNID website.

Applications with a focus on understanding the mechanisms of age-related hearing conditions, or how ageing affects the auditory system, are especially encouraged, and will be considered for joint funding.

Projects should bring tangible benefits closer for people who are deaf, have tinnitus or hearing loss.

The fellowship supports salary and project costs for 2 years, up to a total of £150,000.

Joint Zinc/DMT Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing

This scheme is managed by Zinc – you can find full details, including how to apply, on the Zinc application portal .

Zinc and the Dunhill Medical Trust are delighted to launch this call for applications to our 2024-2025 Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing. This is a 6-9 month programme, starting in September 2024. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of commercial innovation, supporting the development of tech-enabled products and services that contribute to healthy ageing. Researchers will also have the opportunity to engage in training, support and mentoring to help them translate their skills, explore new career opportunities, and connect with other talented researchers.

Note: These Fellowships are open to researchers of any career stage who have submitted their PhD thesis before the start date.

Joint British Geriatrics Society / DMT Doctoral Training Fellowship

If your browser doesn’t open the dropdown boxes below, you can view the detailed call guidelines here.

Once you’ve read the call guidelines and checked you are eligible for funding, you can start your application on our Grants Management Portal.

The Dunhill Medical Trust (DMT) has again partnered with the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) to co-fund one Doctoral Training Fellowship to support front-line health professionals with an interest in developing a career in ageing-related research.

The focus of your proposed research must be aligned to understanding and treating age-related diseases and frailty, and/or improving the health and social care of older people, with an emphasis on projects that address one or more of the priority research themes highlighted on page 15 of the DMT’s 2020-25 strategic framework. We are particularly interested in research with the potential to improve the health and social care of older people within 5 years of the end of the grant.

Please note that projects with a specific focus on cancer will not be eligible for funding.

The Fellowship is intended to be flexible and may be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time Fellowships will be awarded for a maximum period of 3 years, whereas part-time Fellowships can be awarded for a maximum of 6 years.

The scheme is open to all front-line healthcare professionals working with older people – including allied health professionals, doctors and nurses – who meet the requirements for a programme of PhD study at a UK-based university.

The successful candidate will need to become a member of the BGS – if not already a member – for the duration of the Fellowship as a condition of award*. We encourage all those working in the field of older people’s care and ageing-related research to consider joining the BGS.

* For membership queries please contact the British Geriatrics Society via [email protected]

Applicants can apply for up to £300,000. We welcome applications that can be part funded by the host institution either financially* or in-kind through the provision of services, facilities and/or tuition fee waiver. Broadly, the award will be expected to cover:

  • an individual’s salary (at the appropriate grade on the relevant pay scale), plus on-costs
  • tuition fees for a PhD
  • an additional amount to cover consumables, training, travel costs to present their work etc.

Full details on eligible costs are included in the call guidelines. You may also find it helpful to read the “What costs will you cover?” section of our general Funding FAQs.

* This may be internal university funds or funding from industry or other trusts, foundations or charities etc.

  • Call open to applications – 20th December 2023
  • Deadline for submission of applications – 15th March 2024 (5pm)
  • Peer and Panel review / shortlisting – April-September 2024
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates – 30th September 2024
  • Ratification of the Panel’s funding recommendation at DMT Research Grants Committee meeting – 8th October 2024
  • Shortlisted candidates notified of the outcome of their application – Mid-November 2024

The Fellowship is likely to be formally announced at either the BGS Autumn 2024 or Spring 2025 Meeting, dependent on any award conditions that need to be met prior.

We typically expect the Fellowship to start within 12 months of the Grant Offer Letter being sent. However, please note that the Fellowship will not be able to commence until any conditions stated in the Grant Offer Letter have been met.

We were delighted to formally announce the call at the 2023 BGS Autumn Meeting, as part of a wider talk about how the Dunhill Medical Trust is building capacity in clinical research.

The talk provided a run-through of the call and application process, as well as addressing a number of “funding myths” and tips for developing a strong application.

The recording of the talk is available to view on YouTube, and we’d encourage those thinking of applying to take a look.

We will continue to advertise the call through our Twitter / X account and to our mailing list subscribers. To subscribe to receive news and updates from us, please add your details to the ‘Join our community’ section of our “Contact us” page.

Prospective applicants will be asked to read our Funding FAQs and complete the general eligibility quiz on our website. Our Terms and Conditions for Research Grants will also apply.

If you have any queries relating to the call, please email [email protected] and our Grants Team will be able to assist you.

Once you have completed the general eligibility quiz, read the call guidelines and our Funding FAQs, you can start your application on our Grants Management Portal.

You can also find funded post-doctoral and PhD studentship opportunities offered by DMT Academy members on our DMT Academy Jobs Board.

For other ageing-related funding opportunities from UK Ageing Research Funders’ Forum members, go to the UKARFF news page.

Apply now

If you’ve read the call details, checked the deadlines and completed the eligibility Q&A, you’re ready to apply. We use an online Grants Management System. Where the scheme is co-funded, though, do please check whether our funding partner is taking the lead on the applications process. If that is the case, you will need to apply via their system so do check the call details carefully.

Step 1

Check our deadlines

View full details in the “open calls and deadlines” section on this page (above). Just click on the dropdown box for the call in which you are interested.

Step 2

Eligibility Q&A

Please answer the questions in the eligibility quiz before starting your application. You will be asked to confirm formally that you have done so within the electronic application system. If you need any advice or are unsure how to respond to any of these questions, please do contact us.

Step 3

Provide an ORCID iD

This step does not apply to community grant applicants.

In common with many other funders, we require all lead applicants for Research Project Grants to provide an ORCID iD when completing an application form in our Grants Management Portal.

If you don’t have an ORCID iD, you can register for one. Through ORCID,  researchers can allow funders, publishers and research organisations to access the information in their ORCID profile during grant and manuscript submission. Currently, we use your ORCID profile to auto-populate the following questions on the application form:

  • Degrees and professional qualifications.  In ORCID this is called “Education”.
  • Postgraduate career (please provide details of your last 3 positions, starting with the most recent).  In ORCID this is called “Employment”.
  • Current/most recent externally funded grants you have held as the lead applicant. In ORCID, this is called “Funding”.
  • Peer-reviewed publications (please list your (relevant) publications from the last 10 years).  In ORCID, this is called “Works”.

There is no option to input these mandatory pieces of data directly into our application form so it is essential that your ORCID profile is up to date to enable the application form to be auto-populated.

ORCID has published a range of help including a suite of videos to help you with common issues such as changing your password, editing your personal details and updating your publication list.

Step 4

Apply online

We operate an online application system. The software we have chosen for this is Flexigrant® from Fluent Technology. If you are an academic or clinical researcher, you may be familiar with the system, which is also used by a number of other funders.

If you wish to apply for a grant, you will first need to create an account in the system.