Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowships

Clinician and Healthcare Professional Training Fellowships provide an opportunity for individuals to study for a higher degree with a view to developing a career that combines research and practice.

Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowship is for practicing professionals working in dementia health and care services to undertake study towards a higher research degree (usually a PhD) and who wish to develop a dual career that combines research and practice.  

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

If you'd like to find out more about what it's like to be an Alzheimer's Society Clinical Fellow, see Victoria's story on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists' website.


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

The award is available for three years full-time. Applicants are expected to maintain and develop their professional practice-based skills during the course of the Fellowship, and up to 20% of their Alzheimer's Society funded time can be spent in NHS sessions or equivalent. The Fellowship can alternatively be taken part-time up to four years duration.


  • The award is open to all professions working in dementia clinical and health services.   
  • Clinician applicants are required to have completed appropriate College Membership exams before taking up the award. 
  • Allied health professionals and nurses should have completed their professional training and hold registered membership of an appropriate body. AHPs and nurse applicants are expected to hold a Master's degree or equivalent post-grad research orientated qualification or experience. 
  • Professions with doctoral-level training should have completed the relevant qualification. For example, clinical psychologists should have completed a DClinPsy. 
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. 
  • The host institution must be in the UK. 

The candidate should demonstrate:

  • an interest in the proposed academic field (though previous full-time research experience is not necessary)
  • potential as a doctoral researcher
  • understanding of how research can be used in practice
  • 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.

Previous outcomes

 Year No of applications received  No of awards made
2018-19  6  3 (50%)
2017-18  13  3 (23%)
2016-17  12  2 (17%)
 2015-16  9  3 (33%)
 2014-15  7  3 (43%)

Other related funding opportunities

  • We do not have a separate clinician post-doctoral fellowship scheme although clinically-qualified researchers may apply for junior and senior fellowships. In deciding which level of fellowship to apply for, clinically-qualified candidates should focus more on the competency indicators given and less on the years since PhD. 
  • We also offer funding for PhD studentships that provide a tax-free stipend.

Upcoming grant rounds

For more information about our upcoming grant rounds please visit our grant rounds page.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]

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