NIHR Moorfields Eye Charity Fellowships

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Moorfields Eye Charity is delighted to be partnering once again with the NIHR Academy to jointly fund Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships (for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers respectively).  

Moorfields Eye Charity’s mission is to support Moorfields Eye Hospital and its academic partner the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to discover, develop and deliver the best eye care. Applying for one of the joint funded fellowships would allow you to benefit from being part of the prestigious NIHR network together with the partnership of Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity. 

Dr Lisa Cotterill, NIHR Academy Chief Executive, explains: 

Successful partnership researchers will become part of an active and supportive research community which can draw on the enormous benefits and opportunities that cross-sector working can bring, helping to grow the number of future research leaders in key health areas.

Doctoral Fellowships

Doctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity to undertake exciting and impactful research; supporting individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research that is also aligned with the charity partner’s area of interest.

  • Partnership Fellowships at the Doctoral level are three year full-time awards that can also be undertaken on a part-time basis of between 50% and 100% full-time equivalent (FTE).

  • Financially the fellowships include full salary support, PhD fees and research costs; allowing researchers protected time to concentrate on their research, as well as supporting the development of a bespoke training and development programme.

Doctoral Fellowships open on Tuesday 1st October 2019 and close at 1pm, Tuesday 17th December 2019. 

Further information on the Fellowships and how to apply can be found on the NIHR webpage, along with the relevant Guidance Notes.

Advanced Fellowships

Advanced Fellowships are designed for researchers at a post-doctoral level who:

  • have not yet established themselves as an independent researcher

  • are looking to establish themselves as an independent researcher or improve their international recognition.
  • are looking to transition into applied health research from a basic science background; or looking to re-establish their research career following a significant career break.

The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis (between 50% and 100% full-time equivalent).

Financially the fellowships include full salary support and research costs, allowing researchers protected time to concentrate on their research, as well as supporting the development of a bespoke training and development programme to meet their individual needs and career trajectory.

Advanced Fellowships open on Tuesday 1st October 2019 and close at 1pm, Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Further information on the Fellowships and how to apply can be found on the NIHR webpage, along with the relevant Guidance Notes.

Resources and advice

Need help with your fellowship application? Try these tips from Professor Gary Frost, Chair of the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, or hear what makes an excellent Advanced Fellowship application from Professor Jayne Parry, Chair of the NIHR Advanced Fellowship Selection Committee.

We would also strongly encourage applicants to contact the NIHR Research Design Service (NIHR RDS) for advice. They provide support to health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing a fellowship application including, research design, research methods and involving patients and the public. Their advice is confidential and free of charge and RDS advisors in regional centres across England offer a breadth of experience and have a proven track record in improving funding applications.