Junior Fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise at the start of their research career. Applicants should demonstrate potential to be an independent researcher.
Fellowships are open to researchers from all disciplines, health and care professions, in line with Alzheimer's Society's vision to increase capacity with depth and breadth across all disciplines involved in dementia research.
Alzheimer's Society Fellows will be supported in their career development by a number of additional initiatives being developed and rolled out as part of the Dementia Research Leaders programme.
Applicants may apply for direct research costs up to £225,000 to support their research.
This can include:
- Salary for the fellow
- Materials and consumables
- Part-time technician/ administrative support
- £1,000 per year towards conferences and training
Funding is available for up to three years full-time (which can include a period of study up to 12 months in another institute anywhere in the world). The Fellowship can alternatively be taken part-time up to four years duration.
Applicants should have submitted their PhD at the point of application or be within five years since the date of PhD viva. Allowances will be made for career breaks.
For researchers that have combined research and practice, allowances will be made and applicants should be within four years full-time equivalent of research since their PhD at the point of making an application.
Applicants should not already be in open-ended, university-funded posts (i.e. university lecturer).
It is recognised that in some non-biomedical fields of research, a PhD has not been commonly supported. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a PhD but with an equivalent track record and duration of research and other qualifications should contact the research office to discuss if they might be eligible to apply for the scheme.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
The host institution must be in the UK.
The candidate should demonstrate:
- capability to learn new approaches, communication activities, engagement with people with dementia and supporters, and methods/techniques
- ability to deliver ethically sound, high-quality and respected research and impact
- potential to become an independent researcher
- willingness to be an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society and for dementia research more generally
- Of equal importance, applications will be assessed on the richness of the training environment and quality and relevance of the project.
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