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Research Training Fellowships

Provide a foundation in research training for medical graduates, midwives, nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs)


Research Training Fellowships (RTF) provide a single candidate up to £250,000 for research lasting up to three years. Candidates are expected to undertake a higher degree (PhD or MD) that will underpin their development as a future clinical academic leader.

Awards may include full-time salary up to Specialty Registrar grade (or equivalent), consistent with current NHS or academic scales, and other directly incurred research costs. Registration fees for a higher degree may also be included. The research must be undertaken in the UK.

Awards are intended to support candidates to pursue a career in academic medicine and help build capacity in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology or related to women’s reproductive health. Fellowships will be considered for basic science, clinical and translational research that seeks to improve the health of women, girls and babies in one of the following areas:

  • Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period
  • Gynaecological cancers
  • General wellbeing issues surrounding women’s reproductive and gynaecological health

A Fellowship will only be awarded to an applicant who has been accepted for a place in a department with established expertise in the specified field. Evidence must be provided of previous interest and training in research. Both the training and research project must be capable of being brought to a conclusion within the duration of the award. Applications may be made for the financial support of work already in progress, or for a new project, provided a substantial element of training is provided (ideally recognised by a higher degree) during the course of the Fellowship.

How to apply

The application form and guidelines will be made available for download at call launch.

If you have any queries, please contact the Wellbeing of Women research team at or call 020 3697 6350.