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BRC Postdoctoral Bridging Fellowships

The NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has funds available to support Postdoctoral Bridging Fellowships for internal candidates within the University of Southampton/University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Partnership.

Scheme Outline


The funds will be used to support the salary of the successful applicant for up to 1 year, in the first instance (with an additional year possible subject to successful performance review) to facilitate applicants submitting for an externally funded fellowship. The expectation is that the award would make applicants competitive for an external personal fellowship application (e.g. MRC, NIHR, Wellcome Trust) relevant to their research experience, which would then support the applicant beyond the funded period.


It is expected that the bridging fellowship period will be used to generate data to support external fellowship applications, or to support those awaiting the outcome of an external fellowship application; the emphasis may vary across Themes, so potential applicants are encouraged to discuss with Theme Leads before making an application. All successful awardees are expected to be active in making external fellowship applications during their award. 

There is no provision for the cost of consumables or training in the Bridging Fellowship. Please provide details of how these costs will be met in the relevant section of the application form (if applicable). If the applicant has a clinical background, there is the possibility to combine this award with clinical commitments/training, but permission to be released from the appropriate UHS Clinical Division will need to have been secured and consideration given to their position beyond the end of BRC support.

In this round, the topic of the planned research application must be aligned with the following BRC Theme research priorities and accompanying SMART Objectives or planned future experimental theme work:

  • Microbiology, Immunology & Infection (MII)

  • Nutrition, Lifestyle & Metabolism (NLM)

  • Perioperative & Critical Care (PCC)

  • Respiratory & Allergy (RA)

Topics involving more than one theme are encouraged. The proposed fellowships must fit within the NIHR and BRC remit, with a particular emphasis on experimental medicine which does not include any animal research. Please refer to the Theme Research Strategy and SMART objectives for more information. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Theme Leads to discuss their projects before making an application to ensure project and scheme alignment.

As these are postdoctoral fellowships, applicants must have been awarded an MD or PhD or have recently submitted their doctoral thesis with appointment conditional on successful award.  

Application Criteria

Candidates whose proposed research programmes align with the scientific programmes of the BRC are eligible to apply for these bridging funds.


To apply, the Postdoctoral Bridging Fellowship application form should be completed and submitted to by 5th May 2023 to enable peer review. Awards will be notified by the beginning of June 2023. You can download the application guidelines to assist with this.


The application form should contain the following information:


  • A summary of the proposed research programme including: Title of the proposed research, Back-ground, Hypothesis, Study design/Scientific methods, Analysis plan/Statistics and Project Timelines. This should be a maximum of two sides of A4 in length including references.

  • Summary of how the Bridging Fellowship will be used to support applications for external fellowships, including a timeline/GANTT chart and specific information regarding the funding organisation and call. This should be no more than 500 words. 

  • Statement of how the proposal aligns with BRC Research theme(s), priorities and Theme SMART Objectives (500 words max).

  • Outline for PPI involvement (200 words max), including future work and any activities already undertaken.

  • Details of any further funding support that is available to the applicant (e.g. for lab consumables, training).


For further information, please contact Dr Karl Staples at


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