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Funding opportunities

This page contains a list of current funding opportunities offered by other societies, associations and organisations.  If you would like to advertise a funding opportunity on this page, please contact

You may also find it useful to have a look at our jobs board. In addition to the specific opportunities below, the following websites contain information on sources of funding.

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For information on research funding and fellowship opportunities at all levels in the UK and internationally:

Funding opportunities

Versus Arthritis - Career Development Fellowships

Versus Arthritis are offering up to £750,000 to support excellent mid-career researchers in the field of arthritis and related musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders for five years. In total, they will invest around £3 million in their Career Development Fellowships.

Versus Arthritis is committed to strengthening the future of arthritis research by supporting research careers and building skills within the UK arthritis research community.  

Their enhanced Career Development Fellowships aim to attract and retain talented medical, veterinary, nurse and allied health professional or science graduates committed to a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

They aim to build the capacity and numbers of researchers in mid-career stages by supporting talented researchers, providing them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments.

Applicants must be able to show: 

  • A PhD (or equivalent).  
  • That their skills and experience match those of the transition to an independent career stage. 
  • How a fellowship will help them move to the next level in their career. 
  • A commitment from their host institution towards supporting their future career trajectory. 

The overall costs can include funding for additional research staff such as a PhD student, research technician or research assistant who can support their research. 

The Fellowship can be held on a part-time basis. 

Closing date:
Versus Arthritis

Wellcome Accelerator Awards

This scheme will support researchers of Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage in the UK to undertake activities that put them in a stronger position to reach their next career stage. The funding can be used for research or research-adjacent activities, such as training, secondments, and networking.


Background and experience

The lead applicant must:

  • Self-identify as being from a: 
    • Black heritage background, including a mixed heritage background. For example, Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed background (must include Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black backgrounds).
    • Bangladeshi heritage background, including a mixed heritage background. For example, Bangladeshi Other; Mixed background (must include Bangladeshi backgrounds). 
    • Pakistani heritage background, including a mixed heritage background. For example, Pakistani Other; Mixed background (must include Pakistani backgrounds). 
  • Currently be working in or ordinarily resident in the UK. 
  • Have completed a substantive period of research training relevant to their discipline; you must have a PhD or equivalent higher research degree. If you have studied for a PhD then you must have completed your viva. You should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of research methodology and evidence of project delivery and analysis.

Next application deadline: 18 June 2024

Wellcome Trust

The Francis Crick Institute Postdoctoral career development fellowships for clinicians

Applications are invited for Crick postdoctoral career development fellowships for clinicians at the Francis Crick Institute (the Crick). These fellowships provide funding for one year full-time or two years part-time postdoctoral research experience for clinicians in a Crick research group. Fellows with their own salary funded via NIHR, their universities or other external funding schemes may also apply to be hosted within a Crick research group. 

The fellowships aim to:

  • Foster long-term clinical links and collaborations.
  • Provide clinicians with a postdoctoral extension of their research experience, and with scientific networking, training and career development opportunities.
  • Provide a platform from which fellows may apply for external funding, e.g. clinician scientist fellowships, to be held at the Crick or elsewhere.

This opportunity would suit talented and motivated postdoctoral clinicians who are passionate about research and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine and research. Applicants should have completed a medical degree, or equivalent clinical professional qualification, and hold, or be about to hold, a research PhD. 

Applications for Crick fully funded fellowships will close on 30 April 2024

Applications from fellows with funding for their own salary support are welcome at any time. 

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The Francis Crick Institute

Sanger Excellence Fellowships

Sanger Excellence Fellowships are three-year fellowships aimed at people from Black heritage backgrounds. 

They are designed for Black early career researchers to develop their portfolio of research experience and thrive in the field of UK genomics science. 

The programme offers mentorship, training and sponsorship and have a pay scale of £38,000-£49,156 in 2024 with additional funding for research consumables and conferences and training attendance. 

Candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest. 

Wellcome Sanger Institute

NIHR funding schemes

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has a wide variety of funding opportunities for researchers at all career levels. 

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BMA Foundation grants

All the British Medical Association (BMA) Foundation grants have National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnership status.

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BMA Foundation

Various MRC funding schemes

A variety of fellowships, career development awards and research grants opportunities offered by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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Various BBSRC funding schemes

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) offers a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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Various Royal Society funding schemes

The Royal Society offer a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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The Royal Society