Research Fellowships

Research 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.

Award

Applicants may apply for direct research costs to cover their annual salary and consumables to support their research:

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

Funding is available for up to three years full-time or four years part-time (which can include a period of study up to 12 months in another institute anywhere in the world).

Eligibility

Research 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. 

Applicants should have submitted their PhD at the point of application submission.  Applicants should not already be in open-ended, university-funded posts (e.g. 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 and the host institution must be in the UK.

The candidate should demonstrate:

  • ability to deliver ethically sound, high-quality and respected research and impact
  • capability to learn new approaches, communication activities, engagement with people with dementia and supporters, and methods/techniques
  • potential to become an independent researcher; e.g. grant funding, collaborations, leaderships and committee roles.
  • 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.

As a guide, applicants will be within five years of their PhD viva but the attributes above will be the deciding criteria. Candidates should contact the office to discuss if they are over five years. Allowances will be made for career breaks. 

Remit

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 fulfill 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.

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Any questions?

Please contact our grants team at [email protected]

Previous outcomes

Year  No of applications received No of awards made
2018-19  23  7 (20%)
2017-18  30  6 (20%)
2016-17  20  6 (30%)
 2015-16  21  4 (19%)
 2014-15  13  3 (23%)
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