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MRC Skills Development Fellowships

King’s College London has been awarded three MRC Skills Development Fellowships in the 2019-20 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 enable applicants to make a ‘step change’ in their research programme through training to develop new skills. The King’s programme, led by  Professor Cathryn Lewis, will build capacity in skills shortage areas relevant to the MRC’s remit. The fellowships are aimed at training the next generation of research leaders, equipping them with new skills. Both clinical and non-clinical applicants are encouraged to apply. 

The Fellowships will give Early Career Researchers protected time to undertake intensive training in their chosen area, alongside their research project. We are particularly keen to encourage fellows from outside King's, and 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 Health Schools at King’s College London. The fellowships can be held in any Department, School or Faculty relevant to the Research themes and Training areas listed below. 

Research Themes

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

The research themes 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
  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

The training component may include formal taught courses (at King’s or externally), short training courses, collaborative visits or placements at other institutions. 

In addition, fellows will participate in transferable skills training provided by the Centre for Research Staff Development equipping them with the skills they need to lead their own research group. 

A webinar will be held in mid-January to present the aims of the Skills Development Fellowships, showcase the strengths of King’s in the Research areas, introduce some of the academics involved, and allow potential applicants to ask questions. Check back for details and the registration process.


Click here to watch our webinar for further information on the Skills Development Fellowships and the application process. 

The session presents information on the Skills Development Fellowships and the application process. King's academics talk about their research areas of interest, the skills training areas, and closes with a 'Questions and Answers' session. 

Application process

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.

Preliminary applications with details of the training programme and broad research area will be submitted by 10 February 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to work further with their chosen sponsor to develop a full research programme and training plan. Shortlisted applicants will also attend a Fellowship interview.  Fellowships starting between June 2019 and March 2020. Fellows will be appointed to King’s Grade 6 (currently £37,412 - £42,832 per annum including London allowance) or Clinical Research Fellow (scale points 11-15, currently £37,957-£45,409 per annum including London allowance).

How to Apply 

Applications for the Fellowships can be made through this link.

Stage 1 applications require a covering letter (1-2 pages), CV (2 pages), broad outline of proposed research programme, including likely Sponsor (1 page) and outline of training programme (1 page; download template here).

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 10 February 2019.

For questions about the Fellowship scheme and to identify a King’s sponsor, email the Research Theme leads, Skills area leads or the Programme Director, Professor Cathryn Lewis.


Programme structure

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MRC Skills Development Fellowships

If you have questions about the scheme, please get in touch: