Types of fellowship

Bridging fellowships – OPEN

Opening: Wednesday 17th August 2022
Deadline: 16:00 Wednesday 19th October 2022
Maximum duration: Two years
Contact: Julie Marsden at awards@versusarthritis.org

What does the bridging fellowship provide?

The new bridging fellowship will provide up to 2 years funding for current Versus Arthritis fellowship holders who are in the final year of their fellowship. The aim of the fellowship is to provide fellows with additional financial support to bridge them to their next fellowship application or academic post, providing them with the opportunity to continue the development of an independent research career and progression towards higher-level appointments.

Who can apply for a bridging fellowship?

Current Versus Arthritis Fellows who are in the final year of their fellowship. Applicants will need to need provide a strong case for why the additional financial support is needed and clear plans for what the fellowship will be bridging the applicants towards, such as specific funding schemes or academic positions.

The current Versus Arthritis fellowships are eligible for this scheme:

  • Clinical Research Fellowships
  • Foundation Fellowships
  • Career Development Fellowships.

What can you apply for?

Up to 2 years funding for the applicant’s salary, expenses and animal costs can be requested.

There are two funding options:

  1. Up to 1 year of funding with no host institution buy-in required. A maximum of £80,000 can be requested by foundation and clinical research fellowship holders and £100,000 for career development fellows.
  2. Up to 2 years of funding with the host institution contributing 50% of salary costs. A maximum of £100,000 can be requested by foundation and clinical research fellows and £150,000 for career development fellows.

Expenses

You are permitted to apply for reasonable research expenses directly related to your proposal, including:

  • consumables
  • small pieces of equipment (up to £30,000 in value)
  • purchase and maintenance of laboratory animals (see below)
  • travel to a collaborating institution
  • costs related to public and patient involvement or engagement activities.

Studies involving animals must provide adequate details on the number, species, strain and associated costs of animals to be used in the study. Justification for the use of animals and why a suitable alternative cannot be used must also be provided. Versus Arthritis is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and supports the principle of the 3Rs.

Detailed justification of costs requested should be provided in the fellowship application. Please read our costing your fellowship page for more information about eligible and ineligible costs.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through our grants management system, Grant Tracker.
Applications should be submitted jointly by the candidate with his/her sponsor, outlining the proposed programme of research.

The fellowship application is a one-stage process, a full application should be submitted by the deadline.

Please read the Bridging fellowship guidance document  (PDF, 269 KB) and the applying for a fellowship webpages prior to beginning your application.

How are they funded?

These fellowships are awarded by a panel consisting of members of the Fellowship Expert Committee following external peer and lay review.

If you have any questions about the scheme please e-mail awards@versusarthritis.org

Career development fellowships - CLOSED

Deadline: 16:00 Wednesday 27 July 2022
Maximum duration: Five years
Contact: Shereen Sabbah and Julie Marsden at awards@versusarthritis.org

What do career development fellowships provide?

Our new enhanced career development fellowship aims 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 and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments.

Who can apply for career development fellowships?

  • have a PhD (or equivalent) 
  • be based and associated with an established sponsor in a UK university, hospital, or research institute 

be able to demonstrate that their skills and experience match those of the transition to independence career stage by: 

    • showing productivity across past appointments through a track record of challenging, original, and productive research in their area, as well as an upward trajectory  
    • demonstrate clear plans to establish their own research niche 
    • be able to describe how a fellowship will help the applicant move to the next level in their career through a change in their current role 
    • be able to demonstrate a commitment from their host institution towards supporting their future trajectory.

Some of the types of commitment that we will accept are the following:

  • A financial contribution towards the fellow’s salary costs, equipment, expenses or animal costs
  • provide an additional member of staff or PhD studentship
  • a commitment that the fellow will move into a tenure track post either during or at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Projects must demonstrate a clear relevance to the aims of Versus Arthritis. Before completing your application, please check our list of conditions that are eligible for research funding (PDF, 72 KB).

What can you apply for?

Fellowships are normally awarded for five years and aren't renewable.

The scheme will offer up to 5 years funding. Costs for a PhD student, research technician or research assistant may also be requested depending on the funding model requested. The overall costs should not exceed £750,000.

Detailed justification of costs requested should be provided in the fellowship application. Please read our costing your fellowship page for more information about eligible and ineligible costs.

Salaries

For basic science graduates, veterinary, nurse and allied health professionals up to 100% of the applicant’s salary costs can be requested according to experience on the appropriate scientific or clinical salary scale, including London weighting if relevant. However, we will only allow for up to 20% of the fellow’s time to be spent on non-research activities such as teaching or clinical activities.

For medically or surgically qualified individuals that are practising medicine, two models of funding are available:  

  1. 60% of the applicant’s salary costs can be requested according to experience on the appropriate clinical salary scale, including London weighting if relevant. The applicant would only be expected to work on the fellowship at 0.6FTE.  
  2. up to 100% of the applicant’s salary costs can be requested according to experience on the appropriate clinical salary scale, including London weighting if relevant. However, the costs for a PhD student or research technician or assistant cannot be requested and we will only allow for up to 20% of the fellow’s time to spent on non-research activities such as teaching or clinical activities.

PhD studentships will be 4 years in duration and the following costs can be requested: 

  • UK Tuition fees 
  • Tax-free incremental stipend at Versus Arthritis rates 
  • Running costs of £10,000 per year  for the first 3 years and £7,500 in year 4 

Expenses

You are permitted to apply for reasonable research expenses directly related to your proposal, including:

  • Consumables
  • small pieces of equipment (up to £30,000 in value)
  • purchase and maintenance of laboratory animals (see below)
  • travel to a collaborating institution.

Studies involving animals must provide adequate details on the number, species, strain and associated costs of animals to be used in the study. Justification for the use of animals and why a suitable alternative cannot be used must also be provided. Versus Arthritis is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and supports the principle of the 3Rs.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through our grants management system, Grant Tracker.

Applications should be submitted jointly by the candidate with his/her sponsor, outlining the proposed programme of research.

The fellowship application is a one-stage process, a full application should be submitted by the deadline.

As part of the full application you will be asked to complete a short scientific summary which will be used by the fellowship funding panel for the purposes of triage. Information on completing the scientific summary can be found within the online application form.

If you are applying for a fellowship with a PhD studentship rather than a research technician or assistant, you will need to provide details of an independent PhD project proposal and training plan which complements the fellowship project. Information on completing the PhD student section can be found within the online application form.

The career development fellowship guidance document (PDF, 316 KB). In the interim, please read the applying for a fellowship webpages prior to beginning your application.

How career development fellowships are awarded

There are four stages to the assessment process:

    • Triage: at this initial stage the scientific summaries of each application are assessed by the fellowship funding panel. Applicants will be informed at an early stage if their proposal has been triaged and all other applications will undergo full peer review.
    • Peer review: the applications of those successful at triage are sent for lay review and external peer review by experts from the UK and abroad and of international standing in the field of the proposal.
    • Shortlisting: the applications reviews are assessed by the fellowship funding panel. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend interview.
    • Interview: the fellowship awarding panel interview the shortlisted applicants and make funding decisions.

Awards are typically made 5-6 months after the deadline date.

Successful applicants to this scheme requiring a visa are eligible to apply for a Global Talent visa under the fast-track process of endorsement.

Nurse and allied health professional internship scheme - CLOSED

Duration: Eight weeks full time equivalent. Flexible and part-time options available, as well as blended face-to-face and remote.
Opening: 8 December 202
Deadline: 16 February 2022
Interviews: 30 March 2022 (to be conducted remotely)
Contact: Mary Fry (m.l.fry@soton.ac.uk) - Programme Manager

What is the AHP and Nurse Internship programme?

The AHP and Nurse Internship Programme aims to bring together experts in allied health and nursing to develop the next generation of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease researchers and clinical specialists.

Successful interns will get first-hand experience working on a research project of their choice, which will be hosted at a participating institution. Projects are specific to the promotion of musculoskeletal health involving both qualitative and quantitative methodology.

Eight places are available for this 8-week national programme. Core dates are in July and August but flexible and part-time options available.

Placements are hosted at one of seven leading research institutions:

  • Keele University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Salford
  • University of Oxford
  • University of the West of England.

Who can apply for the internships?

If you are a recent graduate (within 5 years) or final year student in an AHP profession (HCPC registerable) or Nursing with either a predicted or a first or 2:1 degree you would be eligible to apply. Applicants must also have an interest in clinical research into the impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

You can read blogs from previous interns here.

What will I get from the Internship?

The programme provides opportunities to:

  • Obtain first-hand experience of working in a Centre of excellence of RMDs research.
  • Work alongside some of the UK’s leading nurse and allied health researchers.
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment and evidence-based effective practice.
  • Attend study days and receive supervision, evaluation and mentoring in research.
  • Be involved in a self-contained research study and data collection process.
  • Experience the research governance process.
  • Participate in multi-professional seminars and workshops.
  • Become part of a specialist network of new researchers and intern alumni.

Is there any funding available?

The placements are unpaid but each intern will receive £1000 towards costs. Costs are also available to cover accommodation and travel to site visits at the participating Universities.

How to apply:

For further information about the internship programme, to register an expression of interest or for details of how to apply, please contact Mary Fry on m.l.fry@soton.ac.uk.

More details can also be found by:

Starter grants for clinical lecturers - CLOSED

Maximum duration: one to two years
Deadline: 15:00 on 9 September 2021
Further information: https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/starter-grants
Contact: Academy of Medical Sciences grants team at clinicallecturers@acmedsci.ac.uk

This scheme is a partnership between the Academy of Medical Sciences and Versus Arthritis. Other partners in this scheme include the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council and Diabetes UK.

What do starter grants for clinical lecturers provide?

The starter grants for clinical lecturers scheme provides modest starter funds of up to £30,000 over one to two years to enable research active clinical lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and so further strengthen their applications for longer term fellowships and funding.

Who can apply for a starter grant for clinical lecturer?

The grants are intended as start-up funding and as such are not intended for applicants who have already obtained substantial funding through, for example, Clinician Scientist Fellowships, New Investigator Awards or large project grants.

All eligible applicants must:

  • Have a PhD or MD
  • hold a medical, dental or veterinary undergraduate degree and be registered with the General Medical Council, General Dental Council or Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • hold a clinical contract.

What can you apply for?

The maximum grant available is £30,000. This can be spread over one to two years to contribute towards directly incurred research costs such as consumables and equipment.

Grants cannot be used to pay for your personal salary costs or to employ research assistants, PhD students or postdoctoral staff.

How to apply

These grants are administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences, more information and details on how to apply can be found at acmedsci.ac.uk.

During the review process, prior career breaks will be taken into account when evaluating a candidate’s research output and progress.

Successful applicants cannot reapply. Unsuccessful applicants are limited to one resubmission.

Submission deadline is 15:00 on 9 September 2021.


 

View our fellowship application success rates (PDF, 35 KB).