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We have a process to coordinate and support all fellowship applications being submitted through the department.

Coordination of fellowship applications © Martin Phelps

RDM has introduced a process to coordinate and support all applications for external fellowships (with the exception of Clinical Research Training Fellowships). This process ensures applicants receive equal support with their application, irrespective of the RDM division they are based in. In addition, this coordination allows applicants to benefit from the extensive expertise within RDM, across a broad range of funding bodies.

This process is co-ordinated by Dr Ruth McCaffrey, RDM Research Strategy Coordinator.

  • Anyone wishing to apply for a fellowship must notify Ruth as early as possible and provide a copy of their CV. A minimum of three months in advance of the funder’s deadline is advised; the earlier you inform us, the more support we can provide.
  • Feedback on the strength of the CV can be provided if needed and advice will be provided on the application.
  • Each applicant will be put in contact with other holders of the fellowship they are applying for, both within RDM and the wider Medical Sciences Division, and where possible a copy of a successful grant application to that funder will be made available. If an Oxford PI sits on the fellowship review panel, we will seek their input, where appropriate.
  • Where needed, a letter of support from the Head of Department will be provided. Ruth will coordinate this. Please do not go directly to the Head of Department.
  • All applications must go through internal peer-review in RDM, prior to being submitted. Therefore, a copy of your complete application must be sent to Ruth, a minimum of three weeks before the funder deadline. Within a week, comments from an internal reviewer (a PI in RDM) will be returned to you, anonymised. Previous applicants have found this process exceedingly helpful in strengthening their application.
  • If an applicant is invited for an interview, Ruth will organise a mock interview.

If you are not currently based in Oxford but would like to explore the possibility of applying for and undertaking a fellowship in Oxford, informal enquires are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Ruth McCaffrey or Dr Serena Briant