Imperial Health Charity - Research fellowship awards 2022/23

January 21, 2022

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Grant Fellowship & Research

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  • United Kingdom


Interested in research?

Through our Research Fellowships programme, we provide the funding for you to make a start on, or to continue, your academic research career. The programme enables you to develop research skills and undertake a research project for the benefit of Trust patients.


A fellowship means you can take time out of your substantive job role or training programme to complete a research project and develop your research skills.

Our fellowships are for you to collect sufficient pilot data to make you a strong PhD candidate, or for you to undertake further research and develop a proposals for an NIHR-supported clinical lecturer/senior lecturer post or similar award.

Our fellowships provide the funding for your salary and related research expenses. Your substantive position will need to be backfilled, or if you’re a doctor, you’ll need to arrange to be out-of-programme.

We’re committed to supporting pioneering research, and the training and development of NHS staff at our hospitals. For your fellowship, you’re asked to identify an important research question that will have an impact on patient care within the Trust, its surrounding communities and the wider NHS.

Our Research Fellowships create a strong foundation from which to build an academic research career. We’re looking for applicants who want, and will be able, to utilise the skills developed and data produced in their research project to springboard into further study.

See our Guidance Notes below for more details about our assessment criteria.


Applications open once a year. The next grant round will be for fellowships starting in the 2022/23 financial year.

  • Applications will open on Monday 4 October 2021
  • Applications will close on Friday 21 January 2022, at noon
  • We will let applicants know the outcome after the decision meeting in April 2022

This means fellowships usually start in the autumn.

If you’re successful, you can start your fellowship once you have all the approvals you need, and your back-fill (or out-of-programme request, if you're a doctor) is arranged. You need to complete a Grant Start Certificate to activate your grant, and let us know your Grant Start Date (which should be within 6 months of your award) and Grant End Date.

You can start spending your grant after you submit your Grant Start Certificate, until the Grant End Date. Please be aware we can’t pay for spending incurred outside of this period.

ICHT or Imperial College London will pay your salary, and for any other approved costs, upfront. They will then invoice us quarterly and we will repay them. For more details, see our FAQs.

After your fellowship is complete, you’ll have six months to submit an End of Grant Report to us, and to make sure we’ve been invoiced for all of your spending. We may also require you to submit a Progress Report, and an annual Post-fellowship Report for at least three years after your grant has ended.

What we do

Imperial Health Charity helps our hospitals do more through grants, arts, volunteering and fundraising.

Working in partnership with the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, we fund major redevelopments, research and medical equipment at five London hospitals - Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, St Mary's and the Western Eye - as well as helping patients and their families at times of extreme financial difficulty.

Supporting the arts in healthcare, we manage an Arts Council accredited hospital art collection and run an arts engagement programme for patients and NHS staff.

We also manage volunteering across all five hospitals, adding value to the work of staff and helping to improve the hospital experience for patients.

Fundraising through major appeals and community events enables us to continue our essential work.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

We offer two types of fellowship:

  • Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships
    These fellowships are for people who haven’t completed a PhD. You can apply if you’re a medic or healthcare professional outside of medicine (for example, a nurse, midwife, allied health professional, pharmacist, research practitioners, psychologists, and health scientists).
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships
    These fellowships are for people who have completed a PhD. You can apply if you’re a healthcare professional outside of medicine only.

For both fellowships, you need to be a UK resident. You also need an employment contract with ICHT for the duration of your fellowship, and to be in position at ICHT at the time of your application.

There’s more information in our detailed Guidance Notes below. We know that working arrangements can be complicated, so we can assess eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you have any queries, so we can provide you with tailored advice.


Deadline: January 21, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

  • You can apply for up to £65,000.
  • Our Guidance Notes provide further detail about costs that you can/cannot include. In your application you’ll need to give us a breakdown of all your costs.
  • If your current salary exceeds the maximum threshold, please contact us to discuss.
  • You can either carry out your fellowship full-time over one year, or part-time (at least 0.5 WTE), for up to two years.
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