research training fellowships

Integrating health and social care for older people


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 4 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.

The following documents are for information only:

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

Outcome of Previous Rounds

DMT Research Training Fellowships have previously been awarded to the following:


  • Melissa Galea (Division of Applied Biomedical Research, King's College London): 4 year part-time Research Training Fellowship. PhD project entitled Increasing walking activity in patients with peripheral arterial disease: the role of cognition.
  • Dr Alice Ong (Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship. PhD project entitled Do abnormalities in dynamic cerebral autoregulation underlie the pathophysiology of the common causes of syncope in older people?


  • Dr Amanda Barugh (Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; PhD project entitled Delirium and long-term cognitive impairment after stroke: the role of dysregulation of the hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
  • Jacqueline Kindell (Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester): 4 year part-time Research Training Fellowship; PhD project entitled Improving everyday conversations for couples where one partner has semantic dementia.
  • Dr Edward Richfield (Postgraduate School of Medicine, University of Hull): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; PhD project entitled Assessing palliative care needs in Parkinson’s Disease: Developing a needs assessment tool.
  • Joanne Woodford (College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; a PhD project entitled Development and Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of Guided Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Self-Help for Informal Carers of Stroke Patients.


  • Beth Edwards (Department of Psychology, University of Bath): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; a PhD project entitled Exploring the impact of siblings in older life: their effect on the physical, emotional and well-being of older people.
  • Dr Nicholas Evans (Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; a PhD project entitled Imaging Carotid Atheroma in the Recovery and Understanding of Severity in Stroke study (ICARUSS).
  • Michelle Gibbs (Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, King's College London): 4 year part-time Research Training Fellowship; a PhD project entitled Understanding the experience of the dietetic consultation and design of a more effective model of nutritional care for older adults to enhance levels of patient satisfaction.
  • Dr Terence Ong (Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; a PhD project entitled A spinal orthogeriatric model of care in the management of spinal insufficiency fractures in older people.
  • Katharine Orellana (Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King's College London): 3 year full-time Research Training Fellowship; a PhD project entitled  The future of day centres for older people: in search of the evidence on their role, outcomes and commissioning.


  1. RESEARCH TRAINING FELLOWSHIPS - guidelines for applicants
  2. TERMS & CONDITIONS for Research Grants