College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Edinburgh Career Development Scheme (ECDS)

Bridging funding for postdoctoral researchers to support fellowship applications.


The College have received funding from the additional Research Excellence Grant (REG) funding allocated by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), which is specifically targeted at career development support for postdoctoral researchers.   The funding is available for 4 years at £380k per year:

Round 1 (pilot) Spring 2024 - closed

Round 2 Autumn 2024 - pending

Round 3 Autumn 2025

Round 4 Autumn 2026

What will the funding support and why

The funding will support postdoctoral researchers who require bridging funding in order to apply for external fellowships.  This aim is to support the careers of postdoctoral researchers who are normally on fixed term contracts, to provide additional time to prepare for and apply to external fellowship schemes.  This will allow CMVM to progress research careers and retain researchers who have a high probability of a future fellowship position.  

The fund will support salary only up to a maximum of 12 months (and up to 18 months in special circumstances) from the end of their current contract.  The funding will not support additional research costs such as consumables.  The research costs will need to be met by the relevant Centre or Institute.  Any other exceptional costs should be highlighted during the application process and it would be at the discretion of the panel whether to fund these. 

Frequency of call for Applications

One call per academic year as noted above.  We expect to support up to 6/7 applications per year.

Criteria for Assessment

  • Evidence from P&DR meetings that applicants are on track for a fellowship application
  • Alignment with available fellowship opportunities
  • Importance of research area of applicant within the College’s strategic objectives
  • The quality of the proposed work submitted by the applicant
  • Research Culture considerations
  • Review applicants CV

Application Process

Application deadline: Friday 6th September 2024, 12 noon.  Applications and supporting documents should be sent to

  • Application form
  • Narrative CV (2 pages max)
  • Head of Centre or Head of Institute signed supporting statement - included in the application form
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form (encouraged/optional)

Further details and application form

Application and information forms will be added here soon.

If you require information in an alternative format please contact


We expect outcomes to be communicated in early October 2024.



Can candidates apply from other Institutions for a Fellowship based at Edinburgh?

- No, this fund is for UoE candidates only.

Can the Fellowship I'm applying for be undertaken at another Institution?

- No, you will need to stay at Edinburgh for the Fellowship.  

Can clinical academics apply?

- There is a separate bridging fund to support clinical academics, please email for further details