A bespoke programme of support, including comprehensive induction and cohort building events, is in place for our independent research fellows and clinicians actively pursuing academic careers at Imperial. 

Funded by the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences and the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), following recommendations from a scoping project “Assessing and addressing the development needs of early career fellows at Imperial”  coupled with an extensive consultation across the College, the programme was launched in April 2018. It is led by Lenne Lillepuu - a dedicated Professional Development Consultant. Lenne works closely with all the Faculties and the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) to ensure the high quality support continuously evolves and meets the needs of the increasing number of our fellows and clinicians.

Useful definitions:

Independent research fellow

this is a member of research staff that has successfully applied for funding to include their salary (e.g. ICRFs, UKRI FLFs, Royal Society UFR, BBSRC Future Leaders, EPSRC Early Career Fellows, Sir Henry Dale, MRC NIRGs).

Clinicians actively pursuing a clinical academic career at Imperial post PhD

  • Postdoctoral clinical lecturers
  • Postdoctoral clinicians who are back in clinical training but are actively pursuing a clinical academic career at Imperial. For example doctors (e.g. Registrar, Speciality Registrar) and non-medical healthcare professionals (e.g. Pharmacists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Dieticians) 
  • Intermediate fellows or clinician scientists (postdoctoral)
  • Postdoctoral clinicians in any other clinical academic schemes (e.g. Imperial Clinician Researcher Fellows/Imperial Post-Doctoral, Post-CCT Research Fellows (IPPRF)) actively pursuing a clinical academic career.

Final year clinical PhD fellows (CRF’s)

actively pursuing clinical academic careers at Imperial.

The list above is not exhaustive. For any eligibility queries please contact pfdc-support@imperial.ac.uk. Note that CATO provides support for clinical academic trainees (medical and non-medical healthcare professions), advice and information on academic careers, recruitment, training and funding.