Research Training Fellowships

Research Training Fellowships are intended to provide training opportunities for clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in understanding the underpinning mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related diseases and frailty or improving health and social care for older people.  We advertise 4 fellowships annually, usually in the autumn.

All fellows are expected to undertake a higher degree (e.g. MPhil, MRes, PhD, MD). The proposed project should be kept relatively simple and appropriate for successful completion of the higher degree and address one (or more) of DMT’s priority areas for support:

  • Research into the underpinning mechanisms of age-related disease
  • Research into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing which have the potential to have a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of older people within a reasonable time frame.
  • Innovation in the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care.

The Fellow will be expected to undertake both a practical research project and complete a robust training programme in research methods.

Successful candidates will be expected to undertake a research training programme to equip them with a detailed understanding of applied research principles and practice, including:

  • research design and methods;
  • statistics;
  • data analysis and interpretation;
  • presentation of research findings;
  • ethics;

The proposed training programme should also include course(s) taken outside the host institution, as well as internal training.

Please be advised that the Trust is not able to provide funding to applicants who are part way through obtaining their higher degree.

Research Training Fellowships are personal training fellowships that are awarded to talented clinicians and health or social care professionals who wish to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care. The awards may either be in the form of a PhD fellowship or granted to experienced professionals who wish to branch into research. To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on length of stay;
  • have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the fellowship;
  • have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not currently apply to UK and EU nationals.

The host organization will be required to waive the higher international fee rate for the programme of study, meaning that fees can only be paid at the same rate as home students.  DMT places full reliance on residential eligibility approval checks having been undertaken by the host organization. Applicants who are medical doctors registered for specialty training should note that evidence of permission to take out of programme (OOP) time must be obtained from the relevant Postgraduate Deanery prior to taking up a fellowship. Fellows need to complete their research training fellowship at any recognised university department, NHS hospital or other recognised research centre within the UK with the appropriate capacity, research record and governance arrangements to ensure that the research will be able to be carried out in an appropriate manner. The Trust has no specific geographical link and will consider supporting applications anywhere within the UK. While the Trust aims to ensure equitable access to grants across the UK, applications will be considered on merit alone. Prospective fellows should have the support of at least two experienced supervisors with expertise appropriate to cover all aspects of the proposed project. At least one of the supervisors should have a strong track record of successful PhD supervision. The supervisors must be prepared to commit sufficient time to ensure that the Fellow receives a thorough grounding in research methods, both in theory and practice. Prior to submission of an application, supervisors should discuss the basis of the application with the applicant in detail to ensure that an appropriate programme of training is proposed (including the research degree for which the applicant will be registered). The supervisors should also advise and guide the applicant in the selection of a suitable research project to be undertaken during the period of the fellowship.

The award will be expected to cover:

  • an individual’s salary (at the appropriate grade on the relevant pay scale), plus on-costs, or a PhD stipend (at an appropriate rate, dependent on the location of the higher education institution)
  • tuition fees at the UK rate
  • an additional amount not exceeding £30k to cover research expenses (travel; consumables; small equipment etc.)

If you are proposing to do your fellowship on a part-time basis, please note that your salary request will be pro-rated accordingly.

The fellowships are intended to be flexible and may be undertaken on either a full-time (three year) or part-time (up to six year) basis.

Join our early career researchers’ network

All of our aspiring researchers, including those funded jointly with our partners, are automatically invited to join our growing network of those who have chosen to develop a career in ageing-related research.  Those appointed as research assistants on any of our Research Programme Grants may also join.

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Co-funded fellowship opportunities

We also fund a number of schemes in partnership with other organisations.  Check current openings.

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