Junior Fellowships

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.

Awards

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.

Eligibility

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. 

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 5years, Allowances will be made for career breaks. 

Previous outcomes

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

Upcoming grant rounds

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

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