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 practising 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 to cover their annual salary and consumables to support their research. This can include:

  • Salary for the fellow and University PhD fees at UK rates; 
  •  Applicants can also apply for up to £25k per annum (maximum of £75k per fellowship) to cover:
    • Materials and consumables; 
    • Part-time technician/ administrative support;
    • Visits to collaborators 
    • Reasonable costs to allow the person(s) working on the project to attend any relevant conferences and training. As a guide grantees usually claim £1,000 each year of the project and this needs to be fully justified in your application.

The award is available for three years full-time. The fellowship can alternatively be taken part-time for up to four years duration.

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 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 the quality and relevance of the project.


Applications can be made for research projects which fit within our funding remit, which is organised into two streams:

How to apply

All applications which fulfil the eligibility criteria will be scientifically peer-reviewed and lay reviewed by research network volunteers.  These reviews along with the application will then be considered by our Grant Advisory Boards. Feedback is provided to all applicants.

                                       Apply for a research grant 

Any questions?

Please contact our grants team at [email protected]

Previous outcomes

 Year No of applications received  No of awards made
2019-20  8  2 (25%)
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%)