Principal Research Fellowships

Principal Research Fellowships are the most prestigious of our personal awards and provide long-term funding for researchers of international standing.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:


Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

5 or 7 years (you can apply for renewal after this time)

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).

Republic of Ireland

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


You're a clinically qualified medic, vet, dentist or psychologist.

Public health

Key dates

You can express an interest at any time.

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Science team.

People we've funded

Michael Dustin Director of Research, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and Professor of Molecular Immunology, University of Oxford Principal Research Fellowships

Michael Dustin

People at the Trust aim to smooth the process so your application stands or falls on the quality of the science.

Cathy Price Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, UCL Principal Research Fellowships

Cathy Price

The flexibility of the funding is crucial. It recognises that the direction your research takes is often contingent on the results – you can’t specify in advance five years’ worth of experiments.
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