Applications are invited for awards of up to £300,000, over 1-4 years. Fellowship awards provide research funding for epilepsy researchers planning to develop a track record in epilepsy research and seeking to transition into research leadership. Funds will cover the Fellow’s salary, support staff costs, and project running costs. The candidate’s potential and the quality of the work proposed are assessed separately. The standard of the institution’s training environment offered to the candidate is also taken into consideration.

Examples of previous successful applications:

Fellowship Awards


Fellowship applications are a two-stage process.  Fellowship award applicants will have the additional step of an interview with members of the SAC.

July 2019 – grant round opens for ten weeks for preliminary applications from 22nd July-27th September 2019.

November 2019 – preliminary applications are shortlisted by our Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).   Shortlisted applications are then sent externally for independent peer review.

January 2020 – Shortlisted applicants are invited to submit a full application, the deadline for which is typically early January. The full applications are then sent externally for independent peer review.

February 2020 – Applicants will have the opportunity to respond to the peer review comments, and fellowship award applicants will have the additional step of an interview with members of our SAC.

March 2020 – Following peer review, the SAC meet to review the applications and make recommendations to the ERUK Board for funding.

April 2020 – Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.


The SAC, in its grant-awarding capacity, abides by the code of good practice set out by the Association of Medical Research Charities ( As funds are limited, the selection of proposals for funding is highly competitive. Good quality proposals that are not chosen for funding are encouraged to re-apply the following year.    The criteria used by the SAC to shortlist and fund pilot studies include the following:

1 Hypothesis Is there a clear hypothesis?
2 Originality Is it an original idea?
3 Research gaps Does the proposal address a research gap identified by UKERN or another research network?
4 Practicality Is the idea sound? Can it be done, in the proposed timescale? Should the applicants collaborate with other groups or disciplines?
5 Quality Is the project well-structured and properly designed? Does the proposal contain a clear understanding of its limits as a study? Have appropriate statistical considerations been taken into account?
6 Impact How does this line of research stand to benefit people with epilepsy and their family and carers?
7 Experience Have the applicants indicated that they have, or that they could rapidly attain, the necessary skills/resources/facilities to undertake the project?
8 Plain English Is the summary readable, clear and accurate?
9 Ethics Is it an ethical study?

Download the Guidance for Applicants for Endeavour Project Grants and Emerging Leader Fellowship Awards here

Download the Preliminary Application Form for Emerging Leader Fellowship Awards here

Epilepsy Research UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The NIHR Clinical Research Network can now support health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or hospices, or public health research taking place in schools and other community settings. Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local NIHR Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will enable you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more, please visit:

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit: