Clinician Scientist Fellowships

This fellowship provides five years of funding to enable talented clinicians to pursue academic research alongside their clinical practice


This fellowship is closed for applications.

We work with Academy of Medical Sciences to run this fellowship for outstanding professionals who are committed to improving and inspiring practice through advances in clinical research.

The Clinician Scientist Fellowship includes:

  • five years’ funding to cover personal salary
  • an allowance for research expenses
  • a leadership development programme
  • mentoring from an Academy of Medical Sciences fellow
  • extensive opportunities to network with experts and peers

Through the programme, fellows have the opportunity to build the foundations for a career in clinical academic medicine while conducting valuable research that will improve the quality of care for patients.

The programme focuses on research within disciplines where there is a national shortage of expertise, including anaesthesia, paediatric disciplines, pathology, psychiatry, radiology and surgery.

The Clinician Scientist Fellows are a core group of research-led clinical academics who are able to cultivate and lead key research programmes and teams. From 2013, new fellows will also be exploring the links between their discipline and improvement science, offering a unique opportunity to maximise learning in order to improve quality in health care.


An evaluation of the Clinician Scientist Fellowships identified the following benefits:

  • Helped participants to attract further investment in clinical academic medicine from other organisations. Thirteen fellows had received more than £4.2m in additional research funding.
  • Gave fellows the opportunity to become leaders in their field. Several fellows have received prestigious awards. Others have been featured on documentaries about their research. Some have gone on to establish research centres or been awarded professorships.
  • There are indications that the academic centres where the research is being carried out are increasingly being recognised as centres of excellence for clinical academic training.

Edwin Jesudason

Edwin is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Health Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is Chair of Patients First.

Gavin Pettigrew

Gavin is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Reader in Experimental and Clinical Transplantation at the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Coles

Jonathan is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Lecturer in Neurointensive care and Neuroanaesthesia at Cambridge University.

Lorna Marson

Lorna is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Senior Lecturer (Reader) and Honorary Consultant Transplant Surgeon at the University of Edinburgh.

Luke Devey

Luke is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Executive Director at Celgene.

Michael Douek

Michael is a Clinician Scientist Fellowship and Professor of Surgical Oncology at King's College London.

Nicola Ragge

Nicola is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Consultant Ophthalmologist and Geneticist at Oxford Private Medical Practice and Birmingham Women's Hospital.

Peter Hutchinson

Peter is a Clinician Scientist Fellow, and NIHR Research Professor and Head of Division at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge. 

Professor Damian Mole

Damian is a Clinical Scientist Fellow and Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Edinburgh.

Robert MacLaren

Robert is a Clinician Scientist Fellow and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust.

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