Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund

Wellcome Trust ISSF

Academic Development Fellowship

Opportunity for a 4-6mth academic development fellowship: based in Moorfields Eye Hospital or Hospitals associated with Imperial College London

Award duration:               4-6mths

Amount available:          4-6mth travel and subsistence bursary

Submission deadline:    7th April 2017

Return by email to:       issf@qub.ac.uk



Queens University, Belfast  (QUB) have been awarded a Wellcome Trust ISSF (Institutional Strategic Support Fund) grant to provide clinical trainees, with the opportunity to enhance their training by conducting research projects in either ophthalmology or respiratory (including critical care) medicine. The projects will be led by QUB but partly embedded within the Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital. The “Academic Development Fellowships” (ADF) will last 4-6 months and are anticipated to provide a unique perspective on clinical research to get involved in a cross-institution collaborative project and gain insight into clinical research.

All activities must fall within the scientific or medical humanities remit of the Wellcome Trust.


Contact: Prof Danny McAuley d.f.mcauley@qub.ac.uk



Who can apply?

  • Current F1 clinical trainees due to begin F2 in August 2017

Application Form – Foundation                                       

ISSF Criteria - Foundation                                                          


  • ST1 (subject to ARCP in June) and ST2+ trainees already in programme

Application Form - Specialty                                                       

ISSF Criteria - Specialty                                                               



The 4-6 month placements will be tailored those who have already been accepted into the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) postgraduate deanery.

This opportunity will enable the successful candidates to engage with a QUB supervisor who will broker a collaboration and co-supervision with a colleague in the IoO/NIHL. Therefore, each F2 doctor will be supported by two mentors, one based at an Imperial/UCL and one based at QUB.


The scheme will cover travel, up to 4 months accommodation and project running costs. Flexibility will be paramount but we envisage that these awards would normally be for a minimum of four months in the first instance, up to a maximum value of £40,000.