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WoW-RCP Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Support early career physician researchers to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding


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Wellbeing of Women-Royal College of Physicians Partnership Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) provide a single candidate up to £30,000 for research lasting up to three years. Awards may include new and directly incurred research costs. Funds may not be used to pay for salary. The research must be undertaken in the UK.

These awards will fund postdoctoral physicians in a basic science, clinical or translational research project aimed to improve outcomes for pregnant women with medical disorders, or who develop gestational syndromes.

Awards are intended to support research-active lecturers, or lecturer equivalent level, to gather data and strengthen their bids for longer-term substantive funding. These awards are only open to physicians who have been awarded an MD or PhD within the last 7 years and are employed by the NHS, HEI or on a postdoctoral research fellowship with at least 40 percent of their time funded to undertake research.

Evidence must be provided of previous research experience and future research career intentions in women’s reproductive health. Applications may be made to support projects that are already in progress, or for a new project, provided a substantial element of the project is carried out during the course of the Fellowship. Research projects must be capable of being brought to a conclusion within the duration of the Fellowship.

This funding call seeks to support research that will improve the medical management of acute and chronic disease during pregnancy, mindful upon the effects on the developing fetus. Research into the aetiology, management and consequences of maternal gestational syndromes is also welcome.

Call timeline - 2021 call

Call launch: 17 June 2021
Submission deadline: 1pm on 12 August 2021
Application outcome: December 2021

How to apply

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

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