Clinical Sciences

Support for early career progression

Support for early career researchers can be found from a variety of sources.

Deanery of Clinical Sciences Funding Challenge 2019

The Deanery is pleased to announce the Deanery of Clinical Sciences Funding Challenge 2019! This is a small grant opportunity for early career researchers (PGT, PGR and Post-Docs) within the Deanery of Clinical Sciences to apply for funds devolved from the Institute for Academic Development to support their current study and research. 

This is a great opportunity to gain some experience in writing a competitive funding application and to boost your scientific CV!

The funding challenge was launched at an event on Wednesday 6th March; with a presentation giving detailed instructions about the application format, requirements and submission process and an opportunity for Q&A with some of the grant selection panel members. Following the launch, the Little France Postgraduate Society hosted the first of two networking events. Please take note of these important dates:

Wednesday 6th March 12:30-1:30pm Launch event
  5:00pm onwards Networking event
Thursday 21st March 09:30 - 10:30am 'Finding Funding for Research' (online IAD training course)
  6:30pm onwards Networking event (Fyffe Room, QMRI)
Friday 29th March 10:00am (sharp) Application deadline
Mid-April   Panel decisions and feedback communicated to applicants
Wednesday 31st July   Deadline to spend award money


Don't worry if you weren't able to attend the event, the application form, application guidelines and presentation slides are available below.

Applications must be either in Microsoft Word or PDF format.  Please submit your appliactions to:

The deadline to submit applications is Friday 29th March 2019, by 10:00am sharp. 

The selection panel will meet to discuss the applications shortly after.  Applicants will be notified of their decisions and given some feedback on their application by mid-April.



Please note, researchers must be registered in the Deanery of Clinical Sciences to be eligible for funding.

  • Eligibility: Open to all PGT, PGR and Post-Docs within the Deanery of Clinical Sciences
  • Funds available: Applications are welcomed up to the value of £2,500.  Relevant costing and justification for funds will be required.
  • Conditions: Applicants are required to show proof that the funds are spent by 31st July 2019.
  • Assessment: Applications will be judged by a panel of academics from across the various centres at Little France and a representative from the Little France Post-Doc Society.
  • Submission deadline:  Friday 29th March 2019, 10:00am (sharp).


Postgraduate study

The Deanery provides support and guidance to students undertaking postgraduate study.

Postdoctoral scientists

Little France Postdoc Society

The Little France Post doctoral Society (LFPDS) is a post-doc led initiative that represents junior research staff within CMVM, based at the Little France site.

Its aim is to improve the quality of life and career structure for researchers in the early stages of their career (Postdocs, Fellows, final year PhD students & junior lecturers or their equivalents).

Sciences fellows

If you are a post-doctoral scientific member of staff then support is available to progress your career towards becoming an independent researcher.

All new post-docs in the Edinburgh Medical School will now receive a welcome letter introducing them to the great work already being done in Post-Doc Societies, as well as training opportunities and support available from the Institute for Academic Development and the College Research Support Office. They will also be subscribed to a monthly newsletter covering events and topics relevant to Early Career Researchers, including dates for new drop-in clinics to help to get Medical School ECRs on track with personal and career development.

You can subscribe to the @EdMedECR newsletter at

You can also learn about opportunities for funding, training, academic and alternative careers by following @EdMedECR on Twitter.


Clinical fellows