Changes to MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship awards
17 Nov 2016
MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowships (SNCFs) are prestigious awards which help independent early-career researchers to develop their long-term research vision and enable their transition to become internationally recognised leaders in their fields. The MRC is committed to supporting this important career stage, recognising that a Senior Fellowship has been a significant stepping stone in the development of many international leaders.
The MRC’s Training and Careers Group recently reviewed our support mechanisms for transitions to leadership. The Group concluded that reverting the tenure of future SNCF awards from 7 to 5 years offers greater flexibility to fund a wider range of researchers, while still offering a generous package to support an ambitious, career-changing programme.
As part of the MRC’s fellowships for critical career stages, we have developed a range of tools and guidance for applicants and clarified:
- the type of skills and experience applicants should be able to demonstrate in order to be competitive when applying for an MRC Senior Fellowship
- when a fellowship will provide appropriate support for an individual’s long term career goals and chosen career route.
The tools and guidance are now available on our webpage. The 5-year tenure will apply from the next deadline for SNCF applications, which is on 25 April 2017.