Imperial Health Charity Research Fellowship Awards 2018/19

Research Fellowship Awards 2018/19

We are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 round of pre-doctoral research fellowships. Applications must be received by January 31 2018.

As part of our charitable objectives, we are committed to supporting our hospitals to undertake pioneering research and invest in the training and development of hospital staff. The Research Fellowship programme provides ‘first-step funding’ for health professionals looking to begin their academic career.

The key aim of the programme is to allow pre-doctoral medics and non-medics to undertake 12 months of out-of-programme research to develop their research skills and produce the necessary data to springboard onto successful funding bids for further study.

Applicants are asked to identify an important research question that will make an impact on patient care within the Trust, surrounding communities and the wider NHS.

Since 2009, together with our funding partner, the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, the charity has made a total of 55 Fellowships totalling £2.5 million. We have funded research into new and novel diagnostic techniques and treatments, self-management and aftercare, research into service delivery, team dynamics and decision making, shift handover procedures through to projects on the implementation of clinical guidelines.

How much can I apply for?

The Fellowship provides a maximum award of £50,000 for a period of 12 months. Funds are to provide support for the individual Fellow's salary and related research expenses.

Please note funding is available for a period of 12 months, if however there is a request to undertake the Fellowship part-time and requires an extended duration please email our grants team at

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold an NHS employment contract noting they must currently deliver services, and plan to undertake their proposed research project, for the benefit of patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust* and/or surrounding communities.**
* Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea, St Mary's and/or Western Eye Hospital
** Please note you are not eligible to apply if you are employed by Imperial College London only, applications can only be accepted from NHS employees working within/for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • This is a pre-doctoral fellowship. Applicants must NOT be currently registered, have secured funding for or hold a PhD or MD.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to utilising the Fellowship position to undertake further study.
  • Applicants must be UK resident.
  • If a medic is currently on rotation, an application can be considered with a view to granting a conditional award subject to rotation placement/Trust contract status confirmation.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via our online grants management system: Flexigrant. We do not accept hard copy applications. Please click here to access the online application form.

Further information

Click here to download our information pack
Click here to download a sample application form

For any additional information or guidance please contact the charity grants team at or phone 0203 857 9847.