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Fellowships and Career Development Programmes
If you are a research assistant/associate/fellow, employed on a grant where your professor is a principal investigator (PI), you are not usually eligible to apply for mainstream grants as a PI yourself. However you can apply for training or career development fellowships from several of the research councils and other major funding bodies, e.g. MRC, ESRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust (see links below). There are various fellowships available from those which allow you to do a PhD through to those which expect you to already have several years of post-doctoral research experience.
If you are looking for additional funding to attend a conference, there are special funds at the UCL Graduate School (http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/funds/) and Royal Society (see below).
Other sources of information
You can also subscribe to the Research Fortnight (http://www.researchresearch.com ) to obtain a fortnight email alerts of funding opportunities.
Links to the UK Research Councils and other major funding bodies (this is not an exhaustive list):
- The Arts and Humanities Research Board
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
- British Heart Foundation
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- Department of Health
- The Higher Education Funding Council for England
- Medical Research Council
- Natural Environment Research Council
- Research Councils UK
- Royal Society
- Science & Technology Facilities Council
- Wellcome Trust
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