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Applications are invited for the following Advertised Sponsored Fellowships.

Please note we have close links with Kidney Research UK and The Alan Turing Institute should you be interested in doing a project within these fields.

We also have close connections with Prostate Cancer UK, so get in touch with us if you are thinking about applying with a prostate cancer focused proposal.

Fellowship Opportunity Closing date for applications Remit of research How to apply
ME Research UK Monday 4th March 2024 Open to talented researchers with a PhD – likely in a life science Please click hereLink Image

Applications are invited for the following Advertised Sponsored Fellowships.

Please note we have close links with Kidney Research UK and The Alan Turing Institute should you be interested in doing a project within these fields.

We also have close connections with Prostate Cancer UK, so get in touch with us if you are thinking about applying with a prostate cancer focused proposal.

Closing date for applications - 04 Mar 2024

ME Research UK

About this Fellowship

Applications are invited for a three-year Daphne Jackson Fellowship co-sponsored by ME Research UK (SCIO – SC036942). The Fellowship is open to talented researchers with a PhD – likely in a life science e.g. biomedical sciences, whole organismal biology, molecular genetics, infection and microbiology, structural biology, biological chemistry, who wish to return to research within a UK university or research institution after a career break of two or more years.


About ME Research UK

The principal aim of ME Research UK is to commission and fund high-quality scientific (biomedical) investigation into the causes, consequences and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME/CFS).

ME Research UK only funds biomedical research that is directly related to the biology or treatment of ME/CFS. ME Research UK does not fund research which involves the use of animals.


Daphne Jackson Fellowships

The Daphne Jackson Trust is dedicated to returning researchers following a career break for a family, caring or health reason.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships are unique – they offer professionals wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, the opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment. The unparalleled support offered by the Trust’s Fellowship Advisors and administrative staff, coupled with mentoring and retraining provided during the Fellowship, give returners the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to research.

For information about ME Research UK and their projects and charitable aims – visit www.meresearch.org.uk and Building a brighter research future – step by step (meresearch.org.uk)

For further details about the eligibility criteria and application process, please visit www.daphnejackson.org. For further information before submitting an application please contact the Daphne Jackson Trust office on 01483 689166 or via email at djmft@surrey.ac.uk.

Should queries arise as to whether an area of research would be suitable for ME Research UK backing – contact david@meresearch.org.uk for advice.

For information specifically about this sponsored Fellowship opportunity please email contact@meresearch.org.uk

A printable information sheet can be downloaded here.

Details can also be found on the ME Research UK website: ME Research UK and Daphne Jackson Trust launch ME/CFS Fellowship


How to Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the CV, personal details and personal statement forms on the Daphne Jackson Trust website:  Apply here

Please outline your area of research interest and, if you have identified a department within which you would like to work, include the name and contact details of a potential supervisor in that department.

Email your submission to the Daphne Jackson Trust office at djmft@surrey.ac.uk stating clearly, ME Research UK Daphne Jackson Fellowship Application.

Closing date for applications is Monday 4th March 2024

Following shortlisting by the Daphne Jackson Trust ME Research UK will undertake an internal selection process to identify the preferred candidate and whether the research proposal meets its requirements.

There are two main application routes for Daphne Jackson Fellowships. Whichever route you choose, please read ‘Are you eligible to apply for a Fellowship’ and ‘Application process’ before submitting your application.

Advertised Sponsored Fellowships

Sponsored Fellowships are advertised throughout the year on this page. Please check below if there any opportunities that match your area of expertise.

The advantage of applying for an Advertised Sponsored Fellowship is that the funding for the Fellowship is already in place. Therefore, if you are selected by the Sponsor after interview, your chance of being awarded a Daphne Jackson Fellowship is high. Daphne Jackson Advertised Sponsored Fellowships are very popular for this reason, meaning there are often a number of suitable and talented candidates applying for each opportunity. Strong applicants who are not successful in their application can convert to the Regular Fellowship route.

Regular Fellowships

If you have a potential host organisation and/or research area in mind, you can apply for a Regular Fellowship at any time. A Regular Fellowship could also be a good option if there are no advertised opportunities that match your expertise or geographical area. A sponsor will be required for a Regular Fellowship to be awarded and this not guaranteed. Candidates for Regular Fellowships that meet our eligibility criteria will be guided through our application process while we seek sponsorship for their research project.

If you have any questions about our application process, would like to discuss any of the advertised Fellowships, or you would like to apply for a Fellowship but are not sure which application route is most appropriate for you please contact us.