MRC Skills Development Fellowships

Training the next generation of research leaders in biostatistics, epidemiology, mathematical modelling and health economics at LSHTM.

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Applications for the 2019-2020 MRC Skills Development Fellowships are now closed.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been awarded two MRC Skills Development Fellowships (SDFs) for 2019.

These SDFs are three year postdoctoral training fellowships that will support early–career researchers to consolidate and further develop their skills in an MRC priority area (see below). They can also support researchers who wish to transform their career by developing new skills in a priority area. We are particularly keen to recruit fellows who have a strong background in mathematics, statistics, and economics, and are seeking to transition in global public health research.

These prestigious awards will provide three years’ salary support at the Research Fellow (£39,304 to £44,634 per annum, inclusive) or Assistant Professor (£45,878 to £52,520 per annum, inclusive) and up to £15,000 total in running expenses. Fellowships will enable appointees to establish their own research programmes at LSHTM.

This programme is led by Professor Steven Cummins and aims to build capacity in skills shortage areas relevant to the MRC’s remit as detailed below:

Scientific priority areas

1) Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Theme leads: Professors James Carpenter and Neil Pearce)

Developing skills in record linkage, analysis of large-scale routine electronic health records and the application of methods for causal inference using large genetic, clinical and non-clinical data-sets.

2) Mathematical Modelling (Theme lead: Professor John Edmunds)

Developing and fitting complex mechanistic mathematical models to better understand and predict the spread of infections and inform control policies, as well as the development of innovative methods for efficient and rigorous fitting of complex models to data.

3) Health Economics (Theme lead: Professor Richard Grieve)

Generating robust evidence on the impacts and cost-effectiveness of health interventions, programmes and policies and translating this into practice in low, middle and high-income settings.

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How to apply

We recognise that early–career applicants and those transitioning into a new research discipline may need guidance to develop their fellowship proposal. Our application process therefore has two stages: a preliminary expression of interest stage to identify candidates who we can support with proposal development and identification of supervisors, and then a full application stage.

Timeline of application stages:

  • Expression of interest:- Closing date: 5pm (GMT) Monday 4th March 2019
  • Full application: Closing date: Monday 29th April 2019
  • Interview: Friday 17th May 2019
  • Start date of fellowships: before 1 October 2019

Expressions of interest (EoI) stage

The purpose of the expression of interest stage is to engage with potential fellows, enabling us to support them with identifying potential supervisors and give guidance on the project outline and training plan. This stage is not mandatory.

To submit to the EoI stage you must email the following documents to by 5pm (GMT) Monday 4th March 2019

Full application stage

Full applications will be made via the School's online recruitment system.

Please note, the full application stage is open to anyone, including those who did not submit an expression of interest. At the full application stage, all applicants must have a letter of support from their prospective supervisor. All applicants must complete the full application stage.

For the full application stage, applicants will be required to submit the following attachments via the on-line form:

  1. Covering letter, including an explanation of your choice of host faculty and academic sponsor.
  2. A project proposal of up to five sides of A4, including references (min text size Arial 11). The proposal must align with one or more scientific priority areas as described above. Please refer to Section 3.2.3 of the Fellowship Handbook for Applications for guidance on what to include in this document.
  3. A clear training plan that develops and builds on current skills. One side of A4 (min text size Arial 11)
  4. CV using the MRC Fellowship CV template (2 pages) and 1 page of publications (min text size Arial 11)
  5. Letter of support from proposed academic sponsor of up to two sides of A4 (min text size Arial 11)
  6. Justification of resources. One side of A4 (min text size Arial 11)

See the advert for this post and the requirements for the full application stage