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Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship


The aim of this scheme is to build research capacity in hearing research by supporting the career development of the UK’s most talented new investigators towards becoming independent scientists.

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
  • Silencing tinnitus

Projects should bring tangible benefits closer for people who are deaf, have tinnitus or hearing loss. See our Biomedical Research Strategy (PDF 4,074kb, opens new window) for more details.

Summary of the fellowship

  • Deadline: the deadline for this scheme has now passed. The 2018 round of Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowships will be announced in early 2018.
  • Value: Up to £60,000 
  • Duration: usually 12 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. The applicant 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.

In the last round of funding, we received 8 applications. Following review, 3 grants were awarded.

Application procedure

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

Selection procedure

Eligible proposals will be reviewed by two/three external referees. These reviews and the original proposals will then be considered by our Pauline Ashley Review Panel who will rank and recommend those worthy of funding. The top-rated applications are then funded.

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

Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley research review panel:

  • Professor Alan Palmer, Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham (chair)
  • Dr Bob Carlyon, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Steve Brown, MRC Harwell Mammalian Genetics Unit
  • Dr Karolina Kluk, University of Manchester
  • Professor Andrew Forge, UCL

For more information

Biomedical research - beakers.If you would like more information about the Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship grant, please contact:

Telephone: 020 3227 6158


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