Funding Opportunities

Funding Sources

Fellowship funding is available for early career neuroscientists from a number of governmental and charitable sources including, but not limited to:

UK Research Councils
Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council (MRC)

MRC Fellowships are personal awards made to talented researchers at key points in their careers. With an MRC fellowship you have your own funding for a challenging research project and an ambitious programme of research training and personal development.



The BBSRC offer a series of fellowships including, the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship, David Phillips Fellowships, Early Career Research Fellowships and their Enterprise Fellowships.

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Royal Society

The Royal Society offer a variety of Early career schemes including:

  • University Research Fellowship: For outstanding scientists in the UK at an early to mid-stage of their research career who have the potential to become leaders in their field.
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship: For outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.
  • Sir Henry Dale Fellowship: For outstanding post-doctoral scientists wishing to build their own UK-based, independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.
  • Newton International Fellowship : For non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK has a large number of different grant schemes through which you can apply for funding.

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer' Society research programme funds high-quality peer reviewed research, across the spectrum of cause, cure, care and prevention of all forms of dementia. Applications should be in line with their research strategy.

Funding is available for research carried out at an academic institution or clinical department in the UK. Lead applicants must be based in the UK.

Fight for Sight

Fight for sight

Fight for Sight offer a variety of Early career schemes including: Small Grant Awards Schemes; Fight for Sight Award; PhD Studentships; Project Grants; Project Grants using UK Biobank Datasets; Clinical Fellowships, Early Career Investigator Awards; Investigator Awards, New Lecturers' Small Grant Awards and the Fight for Sight Partnership Fund.

Parkinsons UK

Parkinson's UK

Parkinson's UK career development awards are aimed at supporting outstanding scientists undertaking research into Parkinson's.

Senior research fellowships are part of their career development award scheme and are for people who want to specialise in Parkinson's research by establishing their own research group.

Applications for these career development awards are invited annually.

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust

Opportunities for support are available for scientists at all levels who are working on research projects relevant to the biomedical sciences.

Research projects can be based in the laboratory, the clinic or the field and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches. Where appropriate, applications are encouraged from candidates trained in disciplines outside the biomedical sciences who are applying their expertise to biomedical problems.

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