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Research Training Fellowships

Providing 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 £300,000 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, including explanatory or feasibility studies and systematic reviews, that seeks to improve the health of women, girls and babies.

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 (recognised by a higher degree) during the course of the Fellowship.

2023 Call timeline

Call launch: Week commencing 27 March 2023

Submission deadline: 22 June 2023 by 1pm

RTF interviews: 29 November 2023

Application outcome: December 2023

Awards start: from February 2024

How to apply

The application form and guidance will be made available for download at call launch, although you can download sample versions, for reference only, below.

SAMPLE WoW_Research Training Fellowship_Application Form 2023

SAMPLE WoW_Research Training Fellowship_Guidance for Applicants 2023

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