Career development award

Apply for support to become an independent researcher in a medical research field.

Your research can focus on any area of Medical Research Council’s (MRC) remit to improve human health.

The aim of the fellowship is to support talented researchers who have gained a higher research degree to:

  • lead their own research plans
  • establish their own research team
  • make the transition to independent researcher

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for this opportunity you must:

  • have completed a PhD or equivalent
  • have the skills and experience that match those of the ‘transition to independence’ career stage in the MRC applicant skills and experience criteria, such as showing evidence of career progression and productivity across past appointments
  • have your own research plans that do not significantly overlap with those of your current group leaders or proposed sponsors
  • have the support of an eligible research organisation

Applications are welcomed from applicants of all nationalities, including those not currently based in the UK. This is subject to the fellowship being hosted by an eligible research organisation.

Level of funding: There is no limit to the amount of funding you can request. Your application must be for an amount that:

  • is appropriate to the project
  • you can justify in order to deliver the objectives of the proposed research

MRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost (FEC) and 100% of permitted exceptions.

Key dates

  • 17 April 2024: applications close at 16:00 BST

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