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      Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship

      The Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship scheme aims to build research capacity in hearing research, by supporting the career development of the UK’s most talented new 'investigators' towards becoming independent scientists.

      This fellowship supports salary and project costs for 2 years, up to a total of £120,000.

      For this year’s scheme, we are working with the Dunhill Medical Trust to fund these fellowships.

      Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

      • Diagnosis of hearing loss and tinnitus, including genetics and early detection of deafness
      • Improved benefit from medical devices, e.g. hearing aids and cochlear implants
      • Treatments to protect or restore hearing, investigation of the mechanisms underlying hearing loss and the development of therapies to prevent hearing loss
      • Therapies to restore hearing, e.g.cell-, gene- or drug-based treatments to restore natural hearing
      • Silencing tinnitus

      Applications with a focus on age-related hearing conditions, or how ageing affects the auditory system, are especially encouraged, and will be considered for joint funding.

      Projects should bring tangible benefits closer for people who are deaf, have tinnitus or hearing loss.

      See our Biomedical Research Strategy for mroe details.

      Summary of the fellowship

      • Value: up to £120,000 Duration: usually 24 months
      • Eligibility: The applicant should be an early career investigator who has the desire and potential to become an independent scientist in the field of hearing research. They must hold a PhD and can be based at any UK university or research institute, but must not be a permanent employee. The award should support progression towards an independent research career.
      • Deadline: Thursday 25 January 2018 (5pm)

      In the last round of funding (2017), we received 9 applications and awarded 2 fellowships.

      Application procedure

      The guidelines, application form and application form guidance document can be downloaded below:

      Selection procedure

      Please note that the selection process for this scheme has changed from this year. Eligible proposals will be reviewed by two/three external reviewers. These reviews and the original proposals will then be considered by our Pauline Ashley Review Panel who will rank the proposals and shortlist candidates for interview.

      Interviews will take place on Wednesday 23 May 2018 – short-listed candidates will be informed no less than 2 weeks before this date, and given further instructions for the interview then.

      Interviews will take place in London, at Action on Hearing Loss headquarters, conducted by the Pauline Ashley review panel. Following the interviews, the panel will make funding recommendations to Action on Hearing Loss and the Dunhill Medical Trust. 

      Everyone involved in the review process of any grant application is asked to abide by our Code of conduct.

      Applicants are notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the final decision.

      Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship review panel

      • Professor Steve Brown, MRC Harwell Institute (chair)
      • Dr Bob Carlyon, University of Cambridge
      • Dr Karolina Kluk-de Kort, University of Manchester
      • Professor Andrew Forge, UCL Dr Mark Wallace, University of Nottingham
      • Professor Karen Lowton, University of Sussex (Dunhill Medical Trust)
      • Sarah Allport, Dunhill Medical Trust (Dunhill Medical Trust)

      Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and open access publications

      Action on Hearing Loss is a member of the Europe PMC Funders' Group. We support open access publications and require Action on Hearing Loss grant-holders to make their publications open access.

      Read our open access publication policy for more information and visit the Europe PMC website.

      For more information

      If you would like more information about the Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship grant, please get in touch:

      Telephone: +44(0)20 3227 6158