Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Studentships and scholarships

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey offers studentships and scholarships in conjunction with industry to support students through their research. 

Current studentships and scholarship opportunites

Postgraduate Research Student Funding Opportunities 


Purpose/Eligibility Criteria



Alzheimer’s Society - PhD Studentships



To provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.

Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. 

End March 2018 (TBC)

MRC  - Clinical Research Training Fellowship


The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.

The scheme also provides a route for post-doctoral applicants who achieved their PhD some time ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments to reacquire research skills.

  • Salary costs commensurate with your stage of training, up to but not including NHS consultant level
  • Up to £20,000 per year. This may cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees. 


Two deadlines per year

Next one: 27/07/2017 (launch)

06/09/2017 (close)

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme: Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme is aimed at registered non-medical healthcare professionals sited in England with at least 1 year's experience of clinical practice, sufficient research experience or training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst continuing to develop their clinical skills.

The CDRF is an individual training award and offers funding to cover the salary costs of the award holder, their PhD tuition fees, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme. A CDRF award will require that the individual has a contract of employment with the Host Employer for the duration of the Fellowship.

Launch: 2nd March 2017

Closes: 18th May 2017

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for Doctors and Dentists

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) allow medical and dental trainees to undertake 25% research and 75% clinical training over 3 years (4 years for GPs) and Clinical Lectureships (CLs) allow trainees to undertake 50% research and 50% clinical training over 4 years. The posts are allocated to institutional partnerships of University, NHS Organisations/ Trusts and Local Education Training Boards (LETBs), the latter having taken over the functions of Postgraduate Deaneries from April 2013 onwards. Academic trainees are recruited by the LETBs through open competition via a nationally developed process for academic recruitment run by NIHR TCC.



Post-doc and Early Career Researcher Funding Opportunities


Purpose/Eligibility Criteria


Sir Henry Dale Fellowships (Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust)


Support for post-docs aiming to become independent scientists in their own groups.


Funds basic science and public health.


Salary and research expenses covered.


Duration: 5-years


Must have PhD and significant postdoc research experience. No permanent post.


Applications considered three times each year.

Next round April 2017

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (The Royal Society)


For outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances (e.g. parenting, caring responsibilities or health issues).


Covers all areas of life and physical sciences including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.


Need to be able to demonstrate a need for flexible support.


Must have completed PhD and have no more than 6 years of research experience and no permanent academic post.


Sept 2017 (TBC)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships


European Fellowships (1-2 years)

Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave


Global Fellowships (2-3 years) including  3-6 month secondments outside Europe for those based in EU or associated countries

Supports the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world.


Covers all research areas.

Provides living allowance, travel and family costs. Grant awarded to host organisation (supports research and overhead costs).

Need to have your doctorate or at least 4 years’ full-time research experience by the deadline




Sept 2017 (TBC)

To be launched April 2017

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN)

To train creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers.


At least 3 EU/H2020 countries.



Jan 2018 (TBC)

To be launched Sept 2017)


Alzheimer’s Society

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.


MRC Skills Development Fellowships

(new for 2017)



  • Supporting very early career researchers to explore, consolidate and further develop their skills in a priority area in which they are already active or in which they are seeking training.
  • Supporting researchers at all career stages who wish to transform their career by developing new skills in a priority area.
  • The scheme currently focuses on the following priority skills areas: mathematics, statistics, computation, informatics, health economics and/or mixed methods research applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources, from molecular to population level. These skills can be applied across the full range of the MRC’s remit, for example, cell biology, physiology, epidemiology, population and public health, and health psychology. 
  • Early 2017 – call for research organisations to apply for fellowship positions
  • 27 July 2017 – deadline for research organisation bids
  • End 2017 – participating research organisations announced
  • From early 2018 – prospective fellows can apply for advertised fellowship positions


MRC - Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship

Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC’s scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.

  • The SNCF provides up to five years of support. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years of funding available. Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent); there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience


Launch: 11/08/2017

Deadline: 20/09/2017

ESRC - New Investigator Awards

We are pleased to invite proposals for our New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our Future Research Leaders scheme.


The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.



Open call – submit at any time.



Contact us

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