BRC Catalyst Fellowships

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CLOSED: The Catalyst Fellowships are an exciting new initiative supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Biomedical Research Center aiming to build the capacity of child health researchers and enabling them to become the research leaders of the future.

Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only.

The Catalyst Fellowship, which provides up to 18 months of salary support, will help talented individuals take the next step towards establishing themselves as independent researchers. Applications are invited from clinical and non-clinical trainees.

The Catalyst Fellowships have been spearheaded by the recently-established GOSH BRC Junior Faculty, a group that aims to support the career development of junior researchers.

This new fellowship is a reflection of the importance that GOSH and ICH place on nurturing the next generation of paediatric researchers. This funding will support junior researchers in making the transition to senior leaders and allow them to develop their careers within the world-class research environment of GOSH and ICH.

BRC Catalyst Fellowships are designed to facilitate trainees making the next step in their research career and hence retain talented researches in child health research. It is intended that half of the fellowships will be awarded to non-clinical trainees and half to clinical trainees.

Fellowships include salary costs for up to 18-months. Proposed research projects need to be registered with R&D and appropriately costed. The BRC catalyst fellowship does not provide funding other than salary costs. Please note that the maximum salary scale for non-clinical fellowships is grade 8 and for clinical fellowships basic salary as per grade.

The successful applicant will need to start the fellowship within 12 months of it being awarded allowing for flexibility to provide the optimal timing for external fellowship funding deadlines. An external funding opportunity needs to have been identified at the start of the Catalyst Fellowship and it is expected that an application for this prepared and submitted during the fellowship period. If a fellowship holder would secure external funding before completion of the Catalyst fellowship the remaining funding will be returned to the BRC.

A Q&A session for those interested in applying to the BRC catalyst fellowship scheme who may have questions about the scheme can come along on

Friday 21st Sept: 1-2pm in Phillip Ullman Wing, Room 2 at Institute of Child Health.

Application Process

Application Form (74.7 KB)

Completed  (74.66 KB) (with e-signatures) as well as an up to date CV needs to be submitted by e-mail to


Open date: 24 August 2018

Closing date: Thursday 1 November 2018

Previous awards

There have been three rounds of this call, two in 2018 and one in 2019. After careful consideration, the panel selected the following candidates:

  • Dr Julien Baruteau (2018)
  • Dr Amy McTague (2018)
  • Giovanni Giobbe (2018)
  • Luis Lacerda (2018)
  • Meredyth Wilkinson (2018)
  • John Counsell (2019)
  • Frederica Michielin (2019)