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Skills & careers

Applying for a fellowship

Choosing the right fellowship

This page provides advice on how to submit an application and links to guidance about the MRC’s range of fellowships.

The MRC offers a range of fellowships to support biomedical researchers and academic clinicians at a variety of career stages through our non-clinical, clinical and skills development fellowship schemes.

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The applicant skills and experience table gives an overview of the eligibility criteria for the schemes available, and all applicants should familiarise themselves with the Guidance for Fellowship Applicants (PDF, 861KB) when preparing an application. Information about each scheme can be found on the relevant webpages, and a series of FAQs addressing common questions about each scheme is available.

Equal opportunities

There are no time bound eligibility criteria or age limits for any of our schemes and all fellowships may be held part-time to fit in with domestic responsibilities. As part of the MRC's equal opportunities policy, full consideration will be given to applicants returning to research following a career break. Applications from applicants based overseas looking to join a UK research organisation are welcome, though some residency requirements apply for pre-doctoral applicants. Please see the Fellowship Application Guidance for further details.

Submitting an application

All applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) by 4pm on the advertised closing date. A list of current deadlines for each fellowship scheme can be found at MRC deadlines.

All applications must be submitted through the lead research organisation where the fellow plans to undertake the fellowship, which in turn must be Je-S registered. When a researcher submits an application in Je-S it passes to the research organisation’s administration team, who then process the final submission of the application to the MRC. Applicants should contact the team responsible for proposal submissions at their research organisation to confirm how much time they will need to complete the submission process as late applications will not be considered.


Previously unsuccessful applicants may resubmit a revised application, however applicants may apply to any scheme only twice. Resubmitted applications are considered in open competition with original submissions and to be competitive should be substantially modified before resubmission.

Contacting us

For any queries contact the fellowships team at