We make a positive difference to Scotland’s biomedical research through our various university funding programmes that give support through the early stages of people’s careers. Medical Research Scotland’s funding streams include Vacation Scholarships for undergraduate students; doctoral funding awards for postgraduate students, delivered by Scottish Universities in collaboration with industry; Early Career Researcher Grants for researhers establishing independent research programmes and Medical Research Scotland sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships for people returning to their research career after a career break. Click on the links below to find out more.

In response to the coronavirus emergency, we made funds available for research into any aspect of the the Covid-19 pandemic. The call is now closed, but details of the Covid-19 Research Grants and Report Forms for awardees can be found by clicking here.


MRS Early Career Researcher Grants help recently appointed Early Career Researchers further develop their established own independent programme of research. They can be used for new research projects, critical pilot studies, critical replications, proof-of-concept work or to supplement other research programmes.

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MRS Vacation Scholarships provide promising undergraduate students with hands-on experience of research relevant to human health or disease. The awards are intended to help students develop academically, make informed career choices and strengthen their career prospects.

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MRS sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships provide two or three year part time fellowships for scientists wishing to return to medical research after a career break of two years or more. The Fellowships must be undertaken at a Scottish university and involve a challenging research project that addresses a question of relevance to human health or disease.

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MRS PhD Studentships provide funding for four year doctoral training programmes to be delivered by Scottish Universities or Research Institutions working in collaboration with an External Partner Organisation (EPO). The awards, with their combination of academic and additional EPO training and work experiences, give students excellent opportunities for their future careers.

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