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Accelerator fellowships

This scheme will provide a personal salary and research consumable support for a limited period of two years to enable excellent candidates to prepare competitive applications for basic science or clinical intermediate or senior fellowships.

The aim will be to secure a fellowship from one of the UK national funding bodies, such as the BHF, UKRI, the Wellcome Trust and the National Institute for Health Research.

For clinicians, clinical sessions will take place at an NHS partner trust. Candidates will have completed doctoral studies and have an excellent track record of research productivity competitive for a national award.

For those aspiring to an intermediate level award, basic science candidates will have around five years of post-PhD experience, and clinical candidates will be close to the end of their clinical training, possibly in an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer post. We also welcome applications from allied health professionals.

Overseas applicants will be considered, though clinical overseas applicants will need to be eligible to undertake a clinical service commitment within the NHS in the UK.

Applicants whose salary is already funded (for example, via an NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship) are eligible to apply for research support to further their applications for intermediate clinical fellowships.

Your research must be within one of the three focus areas of the Accelerator Award. Applications should be supported by one of the Accelerator Award principal investigators, who will act as a mentor during the preparation of the external fellowship application to a national funder.

How to apply

Applications for two BHF Accelerator Fellowships are now open. 

The closing date is 13 August 2021.

Potential applicants are invited to discuss their interest with the Accelerator Director, Professor Bernard Keavney.

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