Senior Research Fellowship

Grant amount:

Up to £420,000

Grant deadline:

31 January 2024

Senior Research Fellowship is designed for PhD-qualified clinical or non-clinical researchers with a demonstrated track record of original and productive research (having had typically at least one previous post-doctoral appointment). It is meant to support researchers towards their transition to lead independent groups. Research question should be framed to understand/diagnose/treat/ reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Senior Research Fellowships are designed to retain excellent clinical and non-clinical researchers who have a track record of nationally competitive research, and clear plans to manage their own independent research group and become internationally recognised within the field of biomedical dementia research.

Provided to cover salary, support staff and animal, travel and running costs.

Duration: Up to four years with the possibility of a one year extension.

We hope to encourage packages which include university funding, thus committing institutions to consider tenured appointment on completion.


Applications open

1 November 2023


31 January 2024

Funding outcome

July 2024

The purpose of Senior Research Fellowships is to foster both clinical and non-clinical researchers in their “transition to independence”. For a detailed description of the skills and training you will be expected to demonstrate, please read our Early Career Researcher Framework.

Prospective applicants should a have a strong track record of original and productive research in their area which shows productivity and impact across past appointments (typically at least one previous post-doctoral appointment). They should also be able to demonstrate the progress they have made in moving towards independence through i) diverse collaborations and partnerships independent of their sponsors and past supervisors, ii) receipt of small amounts of independent funding (such as a previous intermediate fellowship) and/or iii) a track record of effective management of a small number of their own laboratory staff. Researchers who hold tenure are not eligible to apply.

The lead applicant and point of contact must be based in a UK academic/research institution. However, the application can include researchers or institutions outside the UK.

Prospective Senior Fellows are required to have secured a Sponsor, a senior established investigator in the institution where the Fellowship is to be held. The Sponsor will provide the facilities required for the research programme. Senior Fellowship Sponsors are expected to hold tenure appointments.

Senior Fellowships must be applied for by the prospective Fellow, not the Sponsor.

If the project requires ethical approval and/or Home Office licences, the award is dependent upon the requisite approvals being granted.

Senior Research Fellowship award holders are eligible to apply for a fast-tracked visa via the Global Talent Visa fast-track Fellowship Route. The grant holder may apply for the fast-tracked endorsement up to 5 years after the end of their fellowship.

For more information, and to apply, please visit GOV.UK or the UKRI website

See our Eligibility Guidelines for further information.

Applications are made via our grant application website.

Grant schemes only appear on this website when the round is open and we are accepting new applications.

View an example Senior Research Fellowship application form.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded entirely on scientific merit in relation to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s remit and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.


Grant Review Board (GRB) members are asked to read a subset of applications related to their area of expertise and provide a score based on whether an application should proceed to the next stage of review.

External review

Applications requesting funding of over £50,000 per year are subjected to external peer review. Applications are sent to researchers in the UK and worldwide who specialise in the area of the application, but who do not have a conflict of interest and are not a member of the GRB. The comments made by the external reviewers are made available to the GRB members.

Review response

The applicants are provided with anonymised copies of the external reviews and given the opportunity to provide a written response.

Lay review

Applications for research studies that involve people require lay review. Applicants are requested to complete a lay summary of their application which is sent to lay review volunteers for comments. The comments made by lay reviewers are fed back to the applicant for rebuttal and are also made available to the GRB members.

Discussion in meeting

Each application is allocated to two GRB members, based roughly on their areas of expertise. The two members will present the application to the rest of the board, including any relevant information from external reviews or applicant responses. A short discussion will follow before the GRB score the application and decide whether or not to call the prospective Fellow to interview.


Interviews normally take place in the fortnight following the GRB meeting. The interview panel comprises a subset of the GRB and the Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK. The prospective Fellow will be asked to give a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their work.

Trustee meeting

Those applications recommended for funding by the GRB are presented to the trustees for final approval.

Success rates

In the last three years Alzheimer’s Research UK has received 35 applications for Senior Research Fellowships. 7 of these projects were awarded funding.

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded.

View an example award letter and contract for a Senior Research Fellowship grant.


All grant holders are expected to report on the progress of their project on a regular basis. Read more about our reporting requirements on the measuring impact page.

For more information about any of the grant schemes or the application process please contact the Research Team or 0300 111 5555

Amount: £120,000 provided to cover salary, support staff and animal, travel and running costs.

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility for SRF Extension form

Senior Research Fellowship Extensions are designed to retain excellent clinical and non-clinical researchers who are approaching the end of their four-year ARUK Senior Research Fellowship. Rather than being used to complete your current studies, the Board would like the experiments proposed in this one-year extension to build on the findings from your Fellowship. For instance, you should try to include new hypotheses or opportunities for training. You should also highlight how this extension will help you to secure a tenured/permanent academic position. The Board suggest including a letter of support from your Institution.

We advise that you apply for your extension at the end of the third year of your Fellowship.

This will allow plenty of time for your application to be reviewed and for the Grant Review Board to make the final decision for funding.

If you are interested in applying for an extension, please email, so that we can confirm your eligibility. We will then send you a link to the application form.

All applications submitted to Alzheimer’s Research UK are subject to the policies found in Research guidelines and policies. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with these policies and contact with any queries.