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Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship

A career development research training fellowship to enable graduate healthcare professionals to work towards a PhD or MD in diabetes research. 



Eligibility

General criteria for all applicants

  • The research must take place at an established research institution in the UK.
  • Applicants must work in a patient-facing role, such as but not limited to, a doctor, nurse, midwife, psychologist or dietitian. 
  • This scheme is not intended to provide support for science graduates planning on conducting basic research in a university setting. We have a PhD studentship scheme for these individuals.
  • Applications are invited from individuals working in any scientific discipline and sector who can demonstrate a role in improving the health of people with or at risk of diabetes, or diabetes healthcare delivered by the NHS.
  • All applicants must have identified a supervisor before applying. We cannot identify supervisors for potential applicants and we will not accept applications from applicants without a potential supervisor.

Medically qualified applicants 

Applicants with a medical degree must meet the general criteria above. In addition:

  • Applicants must hold a qualification that enables them to practice medicine within the UK.
  • Applicants 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.
  • Candidates of any nationality may apply but must have been residents of and working in the EEA (European Economic Area) for three years immediately before application, intending to pursue a medical career in the United Kingdom.
Sir George Alberti
Sir George Alberti

Clinically qualified professionals 

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. This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and dietitians. If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility criteria please contact us at research@diabetes.org.uk.

Fellowship duration and financial support

Applicants can apply for up to a total of £300,000 for up to three years. Funding can cover: 

  • The salary for the applicant (this must be equal to the applicants salary at the time of appointment) and PhD fees at a UK Higher Education rate
  • Consumables, materials, equipment and animal costs
  • Costs associated with travel and registration for conferences
  • Training costs of up to £1,500 relevant to the project will also be covered

All costs must be fully justified and will be considered by the Review Panel.

How to apply 

Preliminary applications open in April each year, with a full application deadline of 31 October. 

To apply, please read the general guidelines for grant applicants and tips for writing a grant application. Then log on to the Diabetes UK online grants management system and submit a preliminary application, including a CV with a list of publications and details of a potential sponsor.

Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

Administrative process

All applications will be sent out for external peer review. All applicants will be informed the well in advance when they should expect to hear if they have been shortlisted for interview.

Shortlisting and interview

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

Applicants will be informed via email whether they have been shortlisted for interview. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the relevant Panel. Anonymised peer reviews will be sent to all applicants. 

Interviews will take place in March and April. Shortlisted applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation on background and justification of their proposal. 

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.

Funding decision 

Feedback letters will be sent to all shortlisted applicants within two weeks of their interview. Funded applicants will have two weeks to respond to comments raised by the Review Panel. Funded applicants should expect to receive an award letter within two months of their interview.

Mid-fellowship review

Alongside annual reporting, funded fellows will be required to attend a mid-fellowship review. This informal and supportive review aims to provide encouragement and advice, and is not designed as a stop/go assessment of progress. Fellows will be encouraged to discuss any issues or problems openly. The mid-fellowship review panel will involve different individuals to those who originally interviewed the fellow.  For more details about this process please contact us at research@diabetes.org.uk
 

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