BACD-Castang Fellowships Round 3 (2024) - Call for Applications

Application Deadline: 1700 on 1st March 2024

The British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) is pleased to announce Round 3 of the BACD-Castang Fellowship Programme for 2024, funded through the BACD-Castang neurodisability research programme. 

The BACD-Castang Fellowships aim to identify, support, and develop childhood neurodisability research leaders. Fellowships are available to candidates from a relevant professional discipline (i.e. within neurodisability-related health care, education, or social care, or research). 

Round 3 of the BACD-Castang Fellowship Applications includes two types of awards, both of which are open to UK-based multidisciplinary candidates:

1. Pipeline Fellowship – for candidates who want to secure a funded PhD/MD award:

  • For applicants at different stages of their clinical/practice career, ranging from relatively newly qualified to well-established clinicians and practitioners. Or applicants from an academic, teaching, or research background (i.e. non-clinicians / non-practitioners).
  • For applicants who want to secure a pre-doctoral funding award or equivalent (e.g. an NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship)
  • For candidates who want to secure a doctoral funding award or equivalent (e.g. funded MD)

2. Advanced Fellowship – for research-experienced candidates who want to secure their next award:

  • For applicants who are close to finishing their PhD or MD (i.e. submitting within the next 6 months approximately) and who want to secure their next research funding award.
  • For post-doctoral applicants in health or social care settings or universities or other settings who want to secure their next research funding award.
  • For research-experienced applicants (with or without a PhD or MD) with strong early-career researcher CVs who want to secure their next research funding award.
  • For established researchers, or clinical/practitioner academics, or educators with experience in leading research who want to secure their next funding award and/or re-work funding applications that have not yet been successful. 

Candidates must be a BACD member or be committed to becoming BACD member if their Fellowship application is successful.  

Our goal is to identify and encourage people from diverse professional backgrounds with the potential, intention, and commitment to lead UK research in childhood neurodisability. We aim to be inclusive and to grow the childhood neurodisability research community. 

Please do get in touch if you’re not sure about your eligibility or whether one of these awards is for you. For more information, you can also watch our webinar launching the Round 3 of the Fellowship here. Applicants are welcome to contact [email protected] or [email protected] with any queries.

Fellowships include financial support up to the value of £1,000 for each successful candidate. Funding will be held and administered by BACD and will be used to support candidates’ travel, accommodation and subsistence to attend Fellowship events and  entry to the 2024 BACD Annual Scientific Meeting. Successful candidates must be available on 17-19 June 2024 to attend the Fellowship events and BACD Annual Scientific Meeting in person, in Sheffield.

Over the course of the Fellowship, successful candidates will:

  • Generate specific, agreed outputs that advance their own childhood neurodisability research programme, BACD strategic research priorities, and nationally agreed research priorities within the childhood neurodisability community;
  • Develop their skills in leading childhood neurodisability research;
  • Develop their identity, confidence, and national and international profile as a childhood neurodisability research leader; and
  • Develop their knowledge of research funders’ priorities and expectations.

For full guidance on the application process and the application form, please click on the file links below.

Round 3 Guidance
Round 3 Application Form
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