Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease

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Fellowships and PhD Studentships

Funding for Kidney Research UK Fellowships and PhD Studentships

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: The salary will be based on the appropriate university scale and an allowance for consumables and small items of equipment is available.
  • Funding period: up to five years
  • Application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Funding decision: April/May 2020

Intermediate Fellowships (non-clinical)

The purpose of the award is to enable a two to three-year post-doctoral scientist to specialise in renal research.

  • Funding available: The salary will be based on the appropriate university scale with an allowance for consumables.
  • Funding period: up to three years
  • Application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Funding decision: April/May 2020

Allied Health Professional Fellowships (clinical)

The purpose of the award is to enable nurses and allied health professionals to undertake a renal research study and obtain a higher degree (Masters, DPhil or PhD).

This year includes, as part of our Allied Health Professional Fellowship call, the second of three annual Stoneygate Fellowships. Jointly funded by Kidney Research UK and The Stoneygate Trust, this fellowship offers a grant of up to £200,000.

The focus of this fellowship is to provide a dedicated, multi-disciplinary fellowship for allied health professionals, with preference on:

  • health equalities
  • mental health impact on kidney patients
  • intervention into dialysis
  • Improving quality of life for kidney patients

The successful applicant will be intending to undertake patient-focused, clinical research that will have a significant impact on current patients and in a short timeframe.

  • Funding available: the salary will be based on the appropriate NHS or university scale, and an allowance for consumables and higher degree fees is included.
  • 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.
  • Application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Funding decision: April/May 2020

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: The salary will be paid at the candidate’s current level and an allowance for consumables and higher degree fees at the 'home' rate is included.
  • Funding period: up to three years
  • Application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Funding decision: April/May 2020

PhD Studentships (non-clinical)

PhD Studentships have been available to any UK higher education institute, for research studentships leading to PhD, within the renal community.

Supervisors of post-graduates will be able to apply and are asked to consider carefully the relationship of the research proposal to the abilities and training needs of the candidate in mind and ensure that it is appropriate to the candidate’s current experience and future career plan.

  • Funding available: the salary is based on the appropriate MRC Scale and we then pay an annual allowance of £3,500 which is for their consumable costs
  • Funding period: Up to 3.5 years
  • Application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Funding decision: April/May 2020

Additonal information

The grants are open to established researchers who are resident in the UK.

Both the project and their employment must be based at a UK center.

If you are applying to fund clinical research in England, using NHS resources, please be aware of requirements related to Excess Treatment Costs.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide regular reports and should be prepared to speak about their research on behalf of the charity.

Applications can be made online only through our grant management system.

View regulations and conditions.

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

How to apply for a research grant

Melissa Lopez-Anton in lab

Applying for a grant can sometimes be confusing and difficult. We have tried to make our application process as easy as possible.

Follow our simple instructions on how to make your application, use our online grants management system and how to make your application as successful as possible.

Get in touch

For more information or if you have any questions, get in touch with our Research Operations Team:

0300 303 1100