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RCP Research Fellowship

The Royal College of Physicians is offering 12-month research fellowships for trainee doctors or new consultants.


The RCP Research Fellowship will provide seed-corn funding for junior doctors or new consultants to spend twelve months of protected time undertaking important, innovative research, developing research proposals, and collecting pilot data in order to submit and obtain further funding for their projects. The work funded by the fellowship will ideally lead to an MD or PhD and subsequently a career in academic medicine.

The RCP Research Fellowship will provide funding of up to £50,000 for trainees wishing to take a year out of clinical practice to undertake research in a UK institution. Up to £45,000 is available for salary, with a further £5,000 to fund travel and project costs.


Applicants must be four or more years post-core medical training and a member of the Royal College of Physicians to be eligible for consideration.

Applicants who are planning to work in institutions without biomedical research centres or on research topics that are not usually significantly funded are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to highly translational work that will see positive outcomes for patients within the next 10 years.


The research project will be assessed on:

  • Its contribution to furthering clinical science or improving healthcare through proposed research
  • The extent to which the applicant’s CV validates the proposed travel and research
  • The significance of the proposed subject matter in context of Department of Health/NHS priorities and needs.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and submit with a copy of your CV and a list of academic publications in PDF format to fundingandawards@rcp.ac.uk by 11:59pm, Monday 31 July 2023. Please do not send any additional information as the panel will only review your CV, application form and publication list.