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Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship

Definition of the Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship

Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowships enable graduate healthcare professionals to work towards a PhD or MD in diabetes research and develop a career in research.

Financial support

Support may be requested for up to three years.


Salary for the applicant may be requested commensurate with the candidate’s salary at the time of appointment.

Fees for the PhD will be provided at a UK Higher Education rate.

Materials and consumables

Requests for materials and consumables should not exceed a maximum of £15,000 per annum and should include any costs for equipment and any other relevant costs associated with the research project.

Costs associated with travel and registration for conferences may also be requested in addition to the budget. These must be fully justified and will be agreed by the Review Panel.


General eligibility criteria

Applications are invited from individuals working in a patient-facing role including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and dietitians. This scheme is not intended to provide support for science graduates planning on conducting basic research in a university setting. Diabetes UK offers a PhD studentship scheme for these individuals.

Sir George Alberti
Sir George Alberti

Applications are invited from individuals working in any scientific discipline and sector who can demonstrate a role in, and contribution to, improving the health of, or healthcare delivered by the NHS to, people with diabetes.

It is our intention for this scheme to be as inclusive as possible. If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility criteria please contact the office.

All applicants must have identified a supervisor before applying. Diabetes UK cannot identify supervisors for potential applicants. We will not accept applications from applicants without an identified supervisor or from a supervisor without an identified potential fellow.

Those applicants with a medical degree must hold a qualification that enables them to practise medicine within the UK, should have obtained their first medical qualification within the last ten years and must have passed the relevant exam for their specialty. Allowance will be made for applicants whose career has been subject to a late start or interruption for family or personal reasons.

Applicants must have passed the relevant exam for their specialty, e.g. MRCP.

Candidates of any nationality may apply but must have been resident and working in the EEA (European Economic Area) for three years immediately before application and intend to pursue a medical career in the United Kingdom.

Applicants who do not have a medical degree are eligible to apply provided they meet the general criteria above, and are committed to continuing a research career after this award.


The Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship has an annual deadline of 31 October.

How to apply

Applicants should, in the first instance, submit a CV with publication list and details of their potential supervisor prior to submission of a full application. This is done through our online portal. The Diabetes UK Research Team will review this and, if appropriate, release a full application form for the applicant to complete and submit through the online portal before the deadline.

Administrative processes

Peer review

Applications will be sent out for peer review to researchers who have not published with, or worked in the same institution as, any of the applicants for at least five years. Please consider this when suggesting reviewers for the application.

Shortlisting and interview

Applications will be sent to a specialist Panel, made up of a subset of the Diabetes UK Research Committee, to make recommendations for shortlisting based on the criteria listed below.

Candidates will be informed via email whether they have been shortlisted and shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with the relevant Panel.

Interviews will take place in March/April. Applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation on background and justification of their proposal. Applicants will be notified as to the success of their application via email and letter shortly after interview.

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the proposal and its relevance to people with diabetes
  • Track record of applicant
  • Potential of applicant to pursue a research career which makes a difference for people with diabetes
  • Quality of research environment and support.
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