Fellowship funding opportunity from the MRC

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has recently issued a call for a series of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships.

Although they are MRC Fellowships, some of the areas proposed for investigation are likely to fall within Social Sciences, Environment and Development or Business. It may also be possible for other Humanities researchers to make a case for funding as some of the MRC’s strategic priorities are shared with other councils including the ESRC and AHRC.

The specific fellowships currently being advertised are as follows:

1. Methodology Research Fellowship

These Fellowships continue MRC’s commitment to the development of innovative research methods in health research.  The Fellowship provides a significant career development opportunity for early postdoctoral researchers.

Applicants should have a grounding in health research, not necessarily in a methodological discipline. The Fellowship enables the development, validation and application of innovative methodologies in one or more of the following disciplines: health economics; biostatistics, bioinformatics; modeling, decision sciences, epidemiology; clinical trials; behavioural sciences; health psychology, qualitative methodologies and mixed methods, medical sociology and medical geography.

Who can apply? Eligibility criteria vary according to your training area and level of training so please see  Methodology Research Fellowship Webpage for details.

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 8th October 2010

Information and guidance on applying for this award and other funding opportunities provided by the MRC can be found at: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Fellowships/index.htm

2. Senior Non-Clinical Fellowships

The MRC Senior Non Clinical Fellowship is a highly prestigious award for non-clinical researchers of exceptional ability.  Applicants are expected to be proven independent researchers with an excellent track record in their scientific field, and demonstrate promise as future research leaders. Support is provided for five years.

Who can apply? Applicants are normally expected to hold a PhD/DPhil and have at least six years’ relevant post-doctoral research experience although individuals who hold tenured academic or research positions in the UK at the time of application are not eligible.  Applications from current MRC Career Development Award holders are particularly welcome.  Proposals are encouraged across all areas of the MRC’s remit and applicants may wish to note that there are no residence eligibility restrictions for these fellowships.

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 24th September 2010.

As part of the Council’s Equal Opportunities policy, consideration will be given to applicants returning to science following a career break. There are no age limits for any of our schemes and all fellowships may be held part-time to accommodate domestic responsibilities.

Information and guidance on applying for this award and other funding opportunities provided by the MRC, can be found at: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Careers/Fellowships/AvailableFelllowships/index.htm.

3. Special Research Training Fellowships in Biomedical Informatics (computational biology, neuroinformatics and health informatics)

The MRC has identified the application of informatics as an area of strategic importance to health and medical research. This special training fellowship is aimed at developing outstanding individuals who are seeking to move into the application of mathematical, statistical and computational methods to biomedical research problems.

Who can apply? The fellowships are aimed at those with non-biological, biological, non-clinical or clinical backgrounds acquire new skills and to apply them to research in biomedical informatics. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an excellent track-record relative to their time in research.

We encourage applications from individuals with advanced training in the physical or mathematical sciences, or in information technology, who wish to apply their expertise to biomedical problems.  In particular, applications are encouraged in imaging informatics.

This is a postdoctoral award and the majority of successful applicants are within six years of the completion of their PhD.  For more detailed eligibility information visit the Bioinformatics fellowship webpage our website.

The deadline for applications for the above scheme is 4pm on Friday 24th September 2010.

As part of the Council’s Equal Opportunities policy, consideration will be given to applicants returning to science following a career break. There are no age limits for any of our schemes and all fellowships may be held part-time to accommodate domestic responsibilities.

Further information on this and other funding opportunities provided by the MRC, can be found at http://www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm and additional details can be requested by e-mail from mrcfellows@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

4. Career Development Award in Biostatistics

This Fellowship is open to applicants already working in, or who wish to move into, health related research.  It provides up to four years’ funding for multidisciplinary research training into innovative statistical methods and their application in clinical research.  Applicants should present not only a challenging research project but also clear and ambitious plans for their development as researchers able to apply advanced skills to an increasingly broad range of problems.

Who can apply? Applicants should either hold, or expect to receive before the award starts, a doctorate in statistics, biostatistics or a related discipline and less than 5 years post-doctoral experience.  However, please note that candidates without medical statistical experience are welcome to apply; provided they specify a training package appropriate to the aims of this fellowship.

Please see Career Development Award in Biostatistics Webpage for details.

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 8th October 2010

Information and guidance on applying for this award and other funding opportunities provided by the MRC can be found at: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Fellowships/index.htm

5. Population Health Scientist Fellowships

The MRC is committed to building capacity in population health sciences and this Fellowship supports research and specific training for up to 4 years at pre- or post-doctoral entry level.  We welcome proposals from a broad range of disciplines including and not limited to Social, clinical, life course and epidemiology; Biostatistics; Health demography; Medical Sociology; Health psychology; Medical anthropology; Human geography; and Health economics.

Who can apply? We welcome applications from postdoctoral science graduates, and from appropriately qualified medical and dental graduates, and postgraduate nurses, midwives and members of the allied professions.   Eligibility criteria vary according to your training area and level of training, so please see Population Health Scientist Webpage for details.

The level of funding provided depends on whether you are pre- or postdoctoral please see the Population Health Scientist Webpage for details.

Applicants who do not hold a PhD/DPhil, MD or Masters Degree in a relevant discipline are expected to study for such a qualification within their programme of research training.

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 8th October 2010.

Information and guidance on applying for this award and other funding opportunities provided by the MRC can be found at: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Fellowships/index.htm

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