Second round of BGS/Dunhill Medical Trust Doctoral Fellowships for age-related research now open

04 February 2022

The BGS and the Dunhill Medical Trust are delighted to announce that the second round of their joint Doctoral Fellowship scheme is now open for applications.

The British Geriatrics Society has partnered with the Dunhill Medical Trust in co-funding a second round of three Doctoral Fellowships to support research relevant to age-related diseases and frailty undertaken by front-line health professionals. Eligible candidates include doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working with older people. One award will be made per year over the next three years, with each award covering the costs of a Fellowship. Candidates may apply for funding for three years’ full-time or up to six years’ part-time.
The Fellowship is open for research projects that have the potential to prevent, delay or reduce future health and social care requirements and to improve older people’s functional ability. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a hugely damaging effect on older people’s health and quality of life. The impact of the pandemic and the demographic reality of an ageing population create an urgent need for reform of the health and social care system to ensure all older people can access high-quality care in their later years. Research into aspects of clinical care for older people and its application in diverse settings therefore remains essential in this volatile context.
The application window for 2022 opens today with a deadline of 8 April 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 27 September 2022. Applicants must be a current paying member of the British Geriatrics Society to apply and, if successful, would need to remain a member for the lifetime of the grant. They must also meet the requirements for a programme of PhD study at a UK-based University. The grant will cover salary, tuition fees and running expenses for the proposed project.

BGS President, Dr Jennifer Burns, commented:

We are proud to co-fund a second round of three Doctoral Fellowships with the Dunhill Medical Trust. The BGS/DMT Fellowship scheme enables early career researchers to combine their research with clinical work. This funding offers a fantastic opportunity to build research knowledge that ultimately contributes to improved care for older people."

Chief Executive of the Dunhill Medical Trust, Susan Kay, commented:

We’re delighted to be working once again with the British Geriatrics Society on this Joint Doctoral Training Fellowship. We are passionate about supporting early career researchers and this Fellowship forms an important part of our strategy. We feel it is really important to support healthcare professionals in achieving their research ambitions if we are to improve our treatment of age-related conditions and health and social care for older people."

To make an application for the Joint BGS/Dunhill Medical Trust Doctoral Training Fellowship click here.