Career development grant

Are you a post-doctoral researcher working towards research independence? Learn about Alzheimer’s Society Career Development Grants, which offer one year of funding to support post-doctoral researchers and fellows with the next stage of their career.

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We have guidance (PDF) to support your application for an Alzheimer’s Society project grant, fellowship or PhD studentship. Once you've read the guidance, visit Grant Tracker to start your application.

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Key dates and deadlines for research grant applications:

22 Mar ’24

Outline submission deadline

End of May ‘24

Shortlisted applicants invited to submit full proposal 

26 July ‘24

Full application submission deadline 

Dec ‘24

Funding outcome

Alzheimer’s Society Career Development Grants offer one year of funding to give promising postdoctoral researchers and fellows the dedicated time needed to gather data for their independent research and build their CV in preparation for the next stage of their career. These grants are also open to post-doctoral clinicians and allied health professionals.  


Applicants can apply for £80,000 for one year full-time or proportionally up to 18 months part-time This can include: 

  •  Reasonable salary 
  • Research costs  
  • Optional £3,000 for a 10-week research intern 
  • Optional £3,000 to assist with costs associated with an overseas secondment 
  • £1000 career development including training, conferences and lab visits 

All costs must be justified.  See our applicant Guidance for more details.


The career development grant allows the holder to have dedicated time to prepare for their next career stage and as such applicants should not be working on any other projects for the duration of the grant.  

Applicants must be early career researchers not already in open-ended, university-funded research posts. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD or have equivalent experience at the time of application.  

We expect the early career researcher to be the lead applicant on this grant with a supervisor within the same institution as co-applicant. Supervisors must hold an independent research position within the host institution for the duration of the grant and must provide the facilities, as well as supporting the early career researcher with what they need to develop their independent research vision. 

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and the host institution must be in the UK. 

For full eligibility criteria, please check our applicant guidance.


Alzheimer’s Society funds cutting-edge research into dementia. Applications are accepted for research projects addressing key unanswered questions within the dementia field.  

Applicants should consider how their project can contribute to Alzheimer’s Society’s strategy and research mission.

Applicants must explain how their project contributes to the dementia field within these themes as alignment to our mission is incorporated into our scoring system at review. 

Any questions?

Please get in touch with our grants team at [email protected]

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