Medical Research Council Fellowships UK

Medical Research Council Fellowships

MRC’s fellowships support the development of talented individuals to strengthen the UK research base and enable the scientific community to respond effectively to current and future grand challenges in medical research.

The MRC has a leading national role in training researchers across a range of biomedical, clinical and health disciplines. At any one time, the MRC supports around 1,900 PhD students ( including pre-doctoral fellows ) and 200 post-doctoral fellows. Our aim is to :

  • Train and develop the next generation of research leaders
  • Support excellent individuals at critical points of their careers
  • Help address national strategic research skills needs identified with partners

MRC fellowship awards are targeted to support talented individuals undertaking challenging projects in excellent research and training environments. As an MRC fellow, you can expect your university, MRC unit or institute to support your development in imaginative and effective ways.

Eligibility for Medical Research Council Fellowships 

Post-doctoral applicants must comply with the Department of Employment requirements and hold a valid work permit where appropriate. Pre-doctoral fellowships are subject to the same eligibility criteria as MRC PhD studentships and therefore are only available to applicants currently resident in the UK who meet the residence eligibility criteria as set out in the student eligibility requirements page. Any queries should be addressed to the research organisation concerned.

Who can Apply 

MRC fellowships are personal awards for talented researchers to support key transition points in their careers. Many of today’s leading biomedical and health researchers look  back on their MRC fellowship as a significant stepping stone in developing their career.

We offer a range of fellowships to meet diverse needs, allowing training placements in the UK, abroad or in industry.

MRC Fellowships support :

  • Individuals transitioning to the next level in their careers, normally through a change from an existing / current role
  • Protected time to focus on your own research, shielded from other professional commitments. Clinicians can undertake clinical duties as part of their award
  • Funding for a challenging research project and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development
  • Progression towards fulfilling long term career goals, which includes an aspiration to strengthening the UK research base
  • A clear commitment from the Research Organisation to supporting, developing and mentoring the fellow

Medical Research Council Fellowship Application

  • All applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system Je-S.
  • When an application is submitted through Je-S it does not pass directly to the MRC, but to the research organisation’s administration team who will then submit the proposal to the MRC.
  • All applications must be submitted through the lead research organisation where the fellow plans to undertake the fellowship, which in turn must be Je-S registered.
  • All applicants are strongly advised to contact the team responsible for proposal submissions at their research organisation to confirm how much time they will need to
  • process the application and complete the submission process.
  • All applications must be submitted to the MRC via the RCUK Je-S system by 4pm on the advertised closing date of 16th January, 2018 . A list of current deadlines can be found at MRC Deadline Page.
  • Applicants are advised to check the deadlines regularly as they may change.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.