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Fellowships and PhD Studentships

Fellowships and PhD Studentships

We are the largest charity dedicated to kidney research in the UK. Along with many medical research charities, our ability to fund new research last year was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are now delighted to be able to restart our grants programmes. 

We are committed to find new ways to: 

  • Improve our understanding of kidney health and kidney disease
  • Detect, diagnose and treat kidney disease
  • Reduce kidney disease risk and diseases that are associated with it
  • Discover and identify ways to deliver health care.
Dr Rachel Floyd
Kidney Research UK Fellow
Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Liverpool

Expression of interest

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest from teams or individuals whose proposals directly address our new strategic objectives and priorities. 

Senior Fellowships (non-clinical)

Senior Fellows should have extensive post-doctoral experience and already have demonstrated a sustained ability to conduct independent research. 

  • Funding available:Salary will be based on the appropriate university scale. An allowance for consumables and small items of equipment can be requested. 
  • Funding period:  Up to five years, depending on adequate progress.

Intermediate Fellowships (non-clinical)

The purpose of these awards is to enable post-doctoral scientists to specialise in renal research. 

  • Funding available: Salary will be based on the appropriate university scale with an allowance for consumables. 
  • Funding period:Up to three years, depending on adequate progress. 

PhD Studentships (non-clinical)

PhD Studentships are available to any UK higher education institute, for research of significance to the renal community. 

Supervisors are asked to consider carefully the relationship of the research proposal to the abilities and training needs of the candidate and to ensure that it is appropriate to the candidate’s current experience and future career plan. 

  • Funding available: Salary will be based on the appropriate MRC Scale plus an annual consumables allowance of £3,500
  • Funding period: Up to 3.5 years 

Training Fellowships (clinical)

The purpose of the award is to enable medical graduates to gain specialised training in renal research. It is expected that the candidate will register for a higher degree. 

  • Funding available:  salary will be paid at the candidate’s current level and an allowance for consumables and higher degree fees at the local rate are available
  • Funding period:  up to three years 

Allied Health Professional Fellowships (clinical)

The purpose of these awards is to enable nurses and allied health professionals to undertake a renal research study and obtain a higher degree (e.g. MSC, DPhil or PhD). 

  • Funding available:Salary will be based on the appropriate NHS or university scale, and an allowance for consumables and higher degree fees at local rates is available. 
  • Funding period:  Support is available for a full-time three-year term or alternatively on a pro-rata part-time basis not exceeding five years in total. 

Applying and submitting your application

Both scientific and lay summaries will be used to assess each submission. Consideration will be given to how closely the proposal matches our research strategy objectives and priorities. 

We would be particularly interested to receive applications to support research focussed on aHUS in this round as we are keen to utilise some restricted funding. Please consider whether your work fits into this area and indicate this on your expression of interest.

All submissions will be ranked on merit and the potential to deliver against the research strategy rather than cost. 

All applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom and the research must take place in a UK establishment. 

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application in due course. This invitation is no guarantee of further funding which will be competitively awarded. Only applications invited to the second stage will be considered. Applicants will be notified by 21 June 2021 if they are invited for a full application to be submitted by 26 July 2021. 

We welcome pre-submission enquiries. You can find more information about our grants in our regulations and conditions.

For further information contact:

Dr Aisling McMahon: 01733 367 887

Elaine Davies: 01733 367 835

What difference can funding make to you?

"Not only has Kidney Research UK funding allowed me to produce internationally recognised research but it’s also given me a deeper appreciation of the personal effects of current treatments on patients."

Dr Mark Findlay, Kidney Research UK Training Fellowship

Dr Mark Findlay

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