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MRC Skills Development Fellowships Programme

**Applications for the 2018-9 MRC Skills Development Fellowships are now closed.**

Medical Research Council LogoKing’s College London has been awarded three MRC Skills Development Fellowships in the 2018-19 cohort to support Early Career Post-doctoral Researchers to develop their research in quantitative skills applied to medical research.

These three-year post-doctoral awards are aimed at training the next generation of research leaders in a programme led by Professor Cathryn Lewis and building capacity in skills shortage areas (below) relevant to the MRC’s remit.

We are particularly keen to encourage fellows from the quantitative disciplines (mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, and physics) who wish to apply their skills to problems in medical research.

Three Skills Development Fellowships are available, two funded by the MRC and one funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre. The Maudsley BRC Fellowship will be held in a research area relevant to BRC priorities. It will enable fellows to develop skills applicable to the BRC’s translational research programme in mental health, which includes precision psychiatry, neuroimaging, genetics, biostatistics and health informatics.

Research themes

Fellows will develop a research project in collaboration with their chosen Academic Sponsor at King’s College London, who can be any member of academic staff at the university. Research proposals should fit within one of the following areas of medical research in which King’s has substantial strengths. Research themes and leaders are:

  1. Genetics and Genomics - Professor Tim Hubbard
  2. Clinical and Health Informatics - Professor Richard Dobson
  3. Medical Imaging and Computational Modelling - Professor Julia Schnabel

Training areas

The fellow, in collaboration with their academic sponsor, will develop a skills training plan with components from one or more of the following areas:

  1. Applied Statistics - led by Professor Andrew Pickles, Professor Steven Gilmour, Professor Ton Coolen
  2. Informatics - led by Dr Vasa Curcin
  3. Machine learning, predictive modelling and other big data analytics - led by Dr Daniel Stahl
  4. Mixed Methods and Health Economics - led by Professor Paul McCrone, Professor Nick Sevdalis

In addition, fellows will participate in transferable skills training provided by King’s Centre for Research Staff Development led by Dr Kathy Barrett, University lead for Research Staff Development.

Skills Development Fellowships Webinar

For further information on the King’s College London Skills Development Fellowships, you can watch the webinar we held on 22 January 2018:


The webinar provides information on the Skills Development Fellowships and the application process.

Professor Cathryn Lewis, Head of the MRC Skills Development Programme, and King’s academics talk about their research areas of interest, and the skills training areas, as well as answering questions about the scheme.

Programme structure - click chart to enlarge

SDF diagram 201217

**Applications for the 2018-9 MRC Skills Development Fellowships are now closed.**

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Application details

We encourage fellows to contact potential academic sponsors as soon as possible to start building a research proposal that fits with the research theme and skills training areas above.

Academic sponsors will work in a similar research area, and take responsibility for the fellow as they develop and undertake their research and training programme. Applications should include:

  • Covering letter (including explanation of choice of academic sponsor, Research theme and skills area) (1-2 pages)
  • CV (including 2 referees) (2 pages)
  • List of publications (1 page)
  • Outline of the proposed research programme (2 pages)
  • Letter of support from proposed academic sponsor (1-2 pages)
  • Outline of training programme (1 page)

Fellows will be appointed at Non-Clinical Research Fellow Scale: Grade 6, spine point 31-37 £33,518 - £39,992, plus London allowance £2,923 per annum. Clinical applicants are also welcome to apply, and will be appointed on the relevant Clinical Research Fellow Scale. 

applications are now closed
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