research training fellowships

The next 5th round of Research Training Fellowships is now accepting applications



DMT Research Training Fellowships (RTFs) are personal training fellowships to provide opportunities for talented clinicians and health or social care professionals who would like a future career in research aimed at improving care for older people.  The RTFs are intended to be flexible and may be undertaken on either a full-time (three year) or part-time (up to 6 year) basis.

The awards may either be in the form of a PhD studentship or granted to experienced professionals who wish to branch into research. Financial support will include either a PhD stipend or an individual’s salary at the appropriate grade (including on-costs), plus an additional amount, up to £10k annually, to cover research expenses, tuition and other fees.

Applicants should hold an appropriate first degree (or equivalent) and are expected to undertake a higher degree during the course of their Fellowship.

The main focus of the RTF will be the completion of a robust training programme to equip Fellows with a detailed understanding of applied research principles and practice. Successful applicants will therefore be expected to undertake a practical research project.

Host institutions for the Fellowships should be a relevant university department, teaching hospital or other recognised research centre within the UK. Supervisors should be experienced researchers based in a host department appropriate to the research proposed and be prepared to commit sufficient time to ensuring that the Fellow receives a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in research methods.

Prospective applicants for Research Training Fellowships

Prospective applicants may find it helpful to note the interview panel's feedback and guidance below, which sets out the hallmarks of a successful application:

  • Applicants for a Research Training Fellowship should have the support of at least two experienced supervisors, with at least one having a strong track record of successful PhD supervision and the expertise appropriate to cover each aspect of the proposed project.
  • The proposed research training programme should include courses taken outside the host institution, as well as internal training. Advantage should also be taken of free high quality courses (such as that provided by the UK Cochrane Centre on systematic reviews).
  • The proposed project should be kept relatively simple and appropriate for successful completion of a PhD (or other research degree). Over-complexity should be avoided.
  • The host department should proved a suitable research training environment which is synchronised with the needs of the Research Training Fellow, and where there are other postgraduate students, journal clubs etc. and readily available support from other appropriate senior researchers.

It is essential that the following documents are read prior to submitting an application:

  • Research Training Fellowship guidelines CLICK HERE
  • Research Training Application Form CLICK HERE
  • Terms and conditions for research and research related grants CLICK HERE




  1. RTF Guidelines Oct16
  2. RTF_form_October2016
  3. Research_T&Cs_July14