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

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About your eligibility, the application process, funding policies or general queries about grants:

About the scope and content of your proposal only:

About our online application system:

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Key dates

You can express an interest at any time.

People we've funded

Michael DustinDirector of Research, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and Professor of Molecular Immunology, University of OxfordPrincipal 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.

Lalita RamakrishnanProfessor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, University of CambridgePrincipal Research Fellowships

Lalita Ramakrishnan

The funding is well-suited to international relocations. There was a generous relocation allowance, for lab members as well as me.
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