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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

SPCR Postdoctoral Fellowship

These awards cover a 24 months fellowship period. Applicants must have a strong academic record and want to develop in their careers in primary care research. The fellowship offers scope for career progression by providing the opportunity to: design an independent research project, conduct the research, analyse data, publish the results and prepare for grant applications to secure future funding. Allied health professional staff are encouraged to apply.

Training opportunities will be provided to successful candidates including:

  • Online masterclasses
  • Two annual two day training events
  • Networking opportunities with early career and senior researchers in Primary Care.

QMUL Support

At QMUL we have support in place to help early-career researchers in preparing their Fellowship applications. This includes your supervisor and co-applicants, and academic reviewers can assess you first draft of the application and provide feedback. Some previously successfully fellowship staff are willing to review your application. QMUL can support applicants in thinking about how to embed patient and public involvement (PPI) in their application.

Get in touch with Juliet Henderson to inform QM of your intention to apply 

To view a video of 'How to win a fellowship' click here. 



The fellowship is for early career post-doctoral positions and these awards are often awarded to people who have received their PhD in the last 3 years. Applications may however be researchers who have transitioned into applied health research from a different disciplinary background or are returning from a career break. Applicants can apply if they have not yet completed their viva (as long as they have completed it and made any amendments) before their start date in October. 

Applicants do not have to be employed by an SPCR research organisation to apply.

It is possible to work at 60% (part time) during this fellowship, particularly if the candidate wishes to continue with their clinical/professional work.

All applicants must ensure their proposed research project is compatible with NIHR remit.

This award is closed for April 2024 commencing fellowships

Award details

 The rate for Fellowships commencing in 2024 is approximately 40k per annum for 2 years, which is a max of 160k (including full time pay, Employers National Insurance, Pension contributions and an overhead for the University). The Fellowship covers salaries and some research costs but not all research costs (these need to be partly covered by other awards or funders).


SPCR Post Doctoral Fellowship - Wolfson Institute of Population Health

QMUL welcomes Expression of Interest in the following research areas:

  • We welcome Expression of Interest within the following research areas: 

    • Analysis of the effectiveness/cost-effectiveness of healthcare and public health interventions, patient safety, health policy, and inequalities in health and resource allocation Contact: Prof Trevor Sheldon 
    • Other long-term conditions, including diabetes and living with and beyond cancer and multimorbidity. Contact: Prof Stephanie Taylor  
    • Cardiovascular disease and inequalities in health service provision and the Discovery integrated data programme across London. Contact: Prof Chris Griffiths
    • Migration Health. Contact: Dr Dominik Zenner
    • Oral health and Primary Dental Care access and organisation. Contact: Professor Manu Raj Mathur 
    • Economic Evaluation of healthcare interventions and pathways, decision analytic modelling, efficiency and equity Contact: Prof Borislava Mihaylova
    • Health Related Quality of Life Research, Evaluation of the implementation of health policy and medical intervention, Incentive design for healthcare providers. Contact: Dr Yan Feng  
    • The development of complex interventions and digital health for the delivery of healthcare, self-management and prevention of long-term conditions, health inequalities and issues of ‘digital exclusion’, patient and public involvement in medical research and education Contact: Dr Jamie Ross
    • Dementia prevention, diagnosis and health inequalities Contact: Dr Charles Marshall

    • Health and inequalities relevant to obesity, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease across the life course. Machine learning and AI-based algorithm for disease diagnosis and prediction of atrial fibrillation and heart failure Contact: Professor Jianhua Wu 
    • Ethnic inequalities in cardiometabolic disease, pharmacoepidemiology, health data science using large scale real-world observational and genetic data. Contact: Professor Rohini Mathur

    • Health equity/health inequality, HIV and sexual health Contact: Dr Sara Paparini


Please talk to a supervisor by contacting one of the contacts listed at QM about your proposed project. If they agree to support you and have capacity they can help you work up your application.

To view the current application form and guidance click below

   application form and guidance document

The submission date externally is NOW CLOSED

Candidates are informed if they have an interview or not by the SPCR central team by 21st November 2023

Interviews will be held on 13th December 2023

Fellowships will start on 1 April 2024




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