Career stage: Near completion of training / recently completed training
Although it is possible to apply for Clinician Scientist awards directly following completion of a PhD, many clinical researchers find they need more time to complete outstanding projects or to gain more pilot data to support an application. There are a number fellowships available for post-doctoral research that fit in prior to Clinician Scientist, but a fairly limited number with support for salary. There can also be limitations depending on how many years left of training you have.
NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureships (ACL) are schemes which provide salary support for academic work during completion of training although research costs are not funded. A number of funding bodies offer smaller grants to cover research costs. ACLs are awarded locally and candidates need the support of their host institution to meet half of the salary costs. The Wellcome Trust offers an intermediate clinical fellowship that supports both salary and research costs. For further information about NIHR ACLs see the NIHR website.
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