The British Heart Foundation offers an immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship. To provide an opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent cardiovascular research careers in an established institution in the UK.
- Four years duration, without extension.
- We strongly encourage that up to 1.5 years of the award are spent overseas or in a second UK institution.
- In the established UK-based home institution, the candidate must have the support of a named senior investigator who will guarantee access to space and resources and provide scientific guidance for the duration of their fellowship. This individual should be named on the application form as a 'Supervisor' and provide an appropriate letter of support as part of the application.
- In an overseas/second UK institution, the candidate must additionally have the support of a named senior investigator who will guarantee access to space and resources and provide scientific guidance for the duration of the stay. This individual should provide an appropriate letter of support as part of the application.
- The fellowship may be taken up on a part-time employment basis, where appropriate, following discussion and agreement with us and the employing institution. For more information read about our Flexible working policies.
- Candidates should be in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than two years of postdoctoral research experience from the date of the PhD viva.
- For candidates who have experienced disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, eligibility to apply for an Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Fellowship will be extended to allow having up to three years of postdoctoral experience. In such cases, candidates should contact the BHF in advance of submitting their application to confirm their circumstances (see How to apply below).
- Candidates must be able to show, by publications or otherwise, evidence of exceptional research ability.
- The fellowship should not be held in the institution where the PhD was carried out.
- Residency requirements do not apply.
You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online application form containing the following information:
- Title of the proposed research
- Abstract of the proposed investigation in 200 words or less
- Background to the project and pilot data
- Original hypothesis
- Experimental details and design of proposed investigation
- Power calculations
- Expected value of results
- List of references relevant to the proposed project
- Appendices should be a maximum of 3 sides of A4 containing only tables or figures essential to the understanding of the application. Research papers whether published, in press or in preparation may not be attached (although hyperlinks can be provided).
There are no closing dates. Allow 9 months from submission to decision.
More information can be found on the website of the British Heart Foundation