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Research Fellowship

Professional Development * Recognition and Getting Published * Research Fellowship

The Research Fellowship supports members in the early stages of their research careers.

This includes mature applicants who may have worked mainly in clinical roles and would like the chance to pick up and explore their research interests later in their career.

The award will be for short pieces of research work, between 6 months to 1 year, and are intended for either a stand-alone research project or a pilot study, which could lead to a larger grant or PhD application. There is an annual fund of up to £80k. As a guide we suggest about £20k to £40k per project.

2017 was the first year of the fellowship scheme, and we were delighted to see applications from all MDT roles. Three successful fellowships were awarded in 2017 and the projects are progressing well. 


  • Open to all members and any role within the Rheumatology MDT
  • You will need to select a supervisor and institution who will need to sign off your application (BSR can assist with this)
  • The work can be undertaken full time or part time
  • The application deadline has now passed.
  • The Fellowship can commence between 1 August 2018 and 1 of April 2019
  • This opportunity is not available to previous award holders


To Fellows:

  • Support individuals moving to the next level in their research careers
  • Progression towards fulfilling long term career goals
  • Manage career and personal development

To the speciality:

  • Strengthening the UK research base in rheumatology
  • Link clinicians to research opportunites
  • Support MDT aspirations in research

How Fellowships are awarded

  1. Shortlisting: Applications will be shortlisted by the research fellowship panel. Applicants will be notified if their project has been shortlisted and invited to a ‘virtual’ interview. Shortlisted applications will undergo full peer review.
  2. Peer review: shortlisted applications are sent for external peer review.
  3. Interviews and presentations: the research fellowship awarding panel will invite successful applicants to present and answer questions at a ‘virtual’ interview
  4. Funding decisions: applicants will be notified of the panels final decision

Applications have now closed

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