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Oxford BHF CRE Transition Research Fellowship Programme 

Next application deadline:  Tuesday 10th May 2022 (12 noon)

The Oxford BHF Centre of Research Excellence (Oxford BHF CRE) awards Intermediate and Senior Transition Fellowships to researchers with either a basic science or clinical background, and an outstanding research track record. 

The aim of the Transition Fellowship programme is to support and develop outstanding postdoctoral researchers to enable them to successfully apply for external funding opportunities, and to foster and develop future leaders in cardiovascular research.  

The expectation is that by the end of their Transition Fellowship award holders will secure a competitive peer-reviewed fellowship, from the BHF or other external funding agency, at either Intermediate or Senior level.

We look for individuals who have emerging independence in a field that will add value to the Oxford cardiovascular research programme, and who will become highly competitive young group leaders with funding from external sponsors. 

Funding for Transition Fellowships will be awarded for two years, and will cover the award holder’s salary along with appropriate consumables and travel costs. Support for a research assistant may be requested where relevant and fully justified. 

Each research group across the Oxford BHF CRE focuses on different aspects of cardiovascular science. Together they cover the translational research spectrum from basic research through to clinical and population health research.

Applications for Transition Fellowships are invited in any of our four Research Themes, from either basic scientists or clinicians.

Further information about all the Oxford BHF CRE Themes and lead researchers can be found here

Profiles of the current Oxford BHF CRE Transition Fellowship holders can be found here 



How to Apply

This career development opportunity is open to anyone with the relevant entry requirements and track record, regardless of where they are currently working. 

The fellowship and research project have to be hosted by a cardiovascular research group at the University of Oxford and all applications require the direct support of an Oxford BHF CRE Principal Investigator/lead researcher.  

Selection criteria (entry requirements and track record) and key responsibilities are listed in the Job Descriptions.

Application links can be found below:

Intermediate Transition Fellowship Non-Clinical

Intermediate Transition Fellowship Clinical

Senior Transition Fellowship Non-Clinical

Senior Transition Fellowship Clinical

Please note that final details of a fellowship award budget will be negotiated once an offer has been made.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to make informal enquiries regarding the fellowships, and enquires may be directed by email to Professor Hugh Watkins ( or Philippa Major, Research Facilitator for the Oxford BHF CRE (

 As an Equal Opportunity employer, we positively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.