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Fellowships

The capacity of NHS clinicians to undertake research is an important area in supporting an increase in research activity in Scotland. Over 67 NRS Fellows have been appointed since 2011, strengthening the research culture in Scotland by offering time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. This can help increasing capacity in areas that are aligned to research excellence either locally or nationally; or areas where the potential exists to develop research excellence.

  • NRS/University Senior Clinical Academic Fellowships
    2018 applications: currently closed
    These fellowships are jointly funded by CSO, the Scottish Government Health Directorates and Scottish Universities. The application process for this scheme is administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences who assist an international selection panel with peer review and provide independent mentorship to those appointed. The scheme represents the post-CCT element of the Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme and provides an attractive research-focused entry point to a permanent clinical academic career in one of five excellent research environments. Find out more
  • NRS Career Researcher Fellowships
    Find out more about the current NRS Fellows
    The NRS Career Researcher scheme was launched in 2011 to support NHS-funded clinical staff in developing a research career within their NHS post.  The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. This will lead to strengthening the research culture in the NHS and to increasing capacity in areas that are either aligned to research excellence either locally or nationally or areas where the potential exists to develop research excellence. 
  • CSO Clinical Academic Fellowships
    Scheme open: deadline for applications is Monday 18 March, 5pm
    This scheme has been developed to help address longstanding concerns about clinical academic careers. The scheme will be subject to competitive entry and will nurture a cadre of research-led clinical academics capable of going on to lead development in their discipline by providing the opportunity to undertake a PhD. The scheme is open to individuals training in, or seeking to train in, all disciplines in medicine (including surgical disciplines, general practice, public health medicine etc.) or dentistry, whether in primary or secondary care. Find out more
  • Joint NES/CSO Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureships
    2018 applications: currently closed
    These Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureship positions are designed to provide opportunity for research time for medical doctors who have completed a research degree (PhD) and are currently working towards the completion of speciality training. The posts will have 50% protected academic time and will be available until the CCT is reached. They are part of the normal SCREDS establishment in Scotland, and will be from the already existing pool of training posts. Find out more

  • Clinical Research Fellowship in Motor Neurone Disease
    Currently closed
    The Chief Scientist Office is pleased to announce that its call for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Motor Neurone Disease is now open for applications. This initiative, which is being funded in partnership with MND Scotland is designed to develop research capacity in Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland. The fellowship is for 3 years and will cover the salary cost of the fellow, PhD fees, and up to £10K per annum of research costs. The fellowship is open for individuals currently training in medicine. The successful applicant is likely to be in the specialty phase of their training. Find out more

Jointly funded research fellowships with a range of research charities also helps to advance understanding and treatment of key diseases. Follow @NHSResearchScot and @CSO_Scotland for latest research fellowship opportunities.