Date: various

Venue: various (see list)

Deadline: 5:30pm, 30 September 2019

The Research Visiting Fellowship provides hands-on experience delivered by eight leading experts in rheumatological research at recognised centres of excellence.

Up to £1000 is available per person to cover accommodation/travel expenses to the research centre.

On completion of the fellowship you will have increased your knowledge and been exposed to some of the following activities:

  • Specialist research clinics covering various rheumatological conditions

  • Electronic data collection from routine clinics providing data for research studies

  • Clinical trials experience and laboratory exposure in early phase studies

  • University research group, departmental and clinical fellow meetings

  • 1:1s with different principal investigators to learn about their research

  • Discussion of possible funding sources to support undertaking future research projects


  • Aberdeen: Musculoskeletal Research Collaboration, University of Aberdeen

  • Glasgow: Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation College of Medical Veterinary Life Sciences, University of Glasgow

  • Keele: The Keele University and Haywood Academic Rheumatology Partnership, Staffordshire, Primary Care & Health Sciences

  • Leeds: Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Leeds and NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, Leeds NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust

  • Liverpool: Liverpool Health Partners, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Alder Hey Hospital, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Department of Musculoskeletal Biology, University of Liverpool

  • Manchester: Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, The University of Manchester

  • Newcastle: Musculoskeletal Research Group, Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Southampton: Musculoskeletal Research Unit & MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust & University of Southampton

Applications for other research centres will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please include as much information as possible on your application if you intend to do this.

Applicant information

Who can apply?

  • Fellowships are open to all members working and implementing practice in the UK and Northern Ireland only. They are recommended for those with an interest in research; members from all professional backgrounds are eligible to apply

  • Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship, but if you are successfully chosen to participate, you are no longer eligible to apply for further fellowships for two years from the start date of your successful fellowship

How to apply

To be eligible for this fellowship applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form

  • A two-page CV (If you submit a CV that exceeds two pages, the first two pages only will be sent to the reviewing panel)

Applications should be submitted by Monday 30 September 2019. Any applications received after this deadline will not be accepted. You can see the status of your application by logging into ‘My BSR’. The application will not have submitted successfully unless the status shows as ‘complete’.


The length of the fellowship will be agreed with the host site, but can be up to five days

Decision-making process

All applications will go to a review panel for assessment before any decisions are communicated to applicants and any visits agreed and arranged with specific research centres.

Applying for leave

We will always aim to inform you of any successful application in good time to allow you enough time to book study leave. The visits will be arranged between successful applicants and the research centres, so will be flexible to allow study leave to be booked once dates have been agreed.

If you have any questions or require further information, email the events team or call 020 7842 0900.

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