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Dementia Post Doctoral Awards

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations are offering career development awards for dementia research, as part of a national NIHR initiative to support promising early career researchers in dementia and to build up their number and skills across the NIHR family.
The ARC funding, provided by NIHR in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, is supporting a cohort of post-doctoral health and care researchers toward independence, developing their skills to establish their own research projects, programmes and ultimately groups.

Listed below are details of the awards, which will be updated as the formal application process begins late summer/autumn 2022:

NIHR ARC East of England

NIHR ARC East of England will use the funding to support post-doctoral career development awards combined with co-funding from our university partners (Cambridge, Hertfordshire, East Anglia and Essex) to help promising researchers develop their skills and establish their own research projects, programmes and networks. Each university has also pledged to co-fund the award which will be enhanced further by additional funding from the Alzheimer’s Society. 

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NIHR ARC East Midlands

NIHR ARC East Midlands research will address the needs of people with dementia in under-served groups:

  • Needs of people with young onset dementia: supported by cross-regional multidisciplinary expertise in old age psychiatry, neurology, and mental health nursing.

  • Access to technology and needs of people with dementia from underserved groups: supported by significant interdisciplinary expertise including the Nottingham NIHR MindTech MTC and capacity development via two EU-funded European Innovative Training Networks.

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NIHR ARC Greater Manchester

  • Everyday aesthetics and the intersection of arts and health: Involves the use of a participatory approach to develop, deliver and evaluate a tailoredmulti-arts social intervention with people with dementia living at home.

  • Digital technologies for falls prevention for people with dementia: The Keep On Keep Up (KOKU) digital exercise programme is being modified for people with dementia. This fellowship will build on this to develop an intervention modification and feasibility RCT.

NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex

  • Supporting daily living, access to services and quality of life: A post-doctoral researcher based at the Centre for Dementia Studies (CDS), Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), will focus on strategies to support wellbeing (such as mental health, reducing loneliness/isolation) for those with dementia living alone or in hard-to-reach areas. e.g. deprived coastal communities and rural populations where health and care infrastructure is less well developed or accessible.

  • An Integration of services for a seamless patient survey: A post-doctoral researcher, based across the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) at the University of Kent and Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), will focus on models of care for a seamless patient journey. People with dementia do not differentiate between health care providers/services, social care and even the voluntary sector and should be supported with integrated care pathways that meet their needs.

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North East and North Cumbria

In the North East and North Cumbria, the award will be used to support one academic research post and one clinical research post, with a further post funded via Alzheimer’s Society expected to follow.

Work in the North East and North Cumbria will have a focus on inequalities in dementia care and support – exploring care and support in socially disadvantaged communities; care for dementia and multiple long-term conditions; and social care to maintain independence and dignity.

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NIHR ARC North Thames

NIHR ARC North Thames is offering 6 studies to start with, and then the people who are successful at interview will dictate which of the studies will go forward. We have 6 study areas detailed below:

  • Risk factors for dementia prevention
  • Novel technologies for timely and equitable dementia diagnosis
  • Projecting local care demand
  • Dementia care in underserved populations
  • Personalised care for people living with dementia at home
  • Acute care of people living with dementia

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NIHR ARC Northwest London

  • Developing community-based system for the identification and management of at-risk and early symptomatic individuals, targeting diverse and deprived areas, involving Community Health and Wellbeing Workers (CHWW) that will include e-based modules for memory assessment and health promotion, and to also alert GPs, through direct digital submission to GP records. 

  • Developing a large- scale community-based dementia prevention programme (the Imperial BRC-eFINGER PRINT) that will capture clinical, lifestyle and cognitive data of cognitively healthy elderly individuals and provide a mulit-domain lifestyle intervention through bespoke e-based tools, for secondary personalised prevention of dementia. 

  • Leveraging the wealth of cognitive, lifestyle, genomic, imaging, as well as state-of art fluid biomarker data of a unique prospective longitudinal, industry and Gate’s funded study conducted at Imperial since 2013, to evaluate risk factors, develop prediction models and markers of risk, and early translation of research findings to community based prevention of dementia. 

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NIHR ARC North West Coast

The NIHR ARC North West Coast will shortly be recruiting three full time equivalent postdoctoral researchers for up to two years to work on projects identified by its diverse member organisations. All projects are underpinned by a focus on health inequalities in dementia, building on the strength of our ARC and its ongoing dementia portfolio, including at the Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum, which will act as a key outlet for disseminating the research nationally and internationally. We are seeking postdoctoral applicants from a variety of backgrounds to build the next research generation. We have a portfolio of potential projects but also welcome those from applicants.

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NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley

NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley researchers are active in the development of applied health and social care research across all stages of the NHS Well Pathway for Dementia: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, community support, and palliative care. NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley seeks to appoint 2-3 post-doctoral researchers to who will each work within one or more of the following areas:

  • Detailed phenotyping at pre-diagnosis and diagnosis (preventing well, diagnosing well)
  • Mapping diagnostic trajectories and longer-term support needs (supporting well, living well, dying well)
  • Reducing inequalities in dementia prevention and access to health and social care services (all NHS Well Pathway stages)

Further details and applications will be available to download from ( soon. If you would like to make an informal enquiry please email

NIHR ARC South London

NIHR ARC South London will develop a postdoctoral training programme that builds research capacity in palliative and social care for people living with dementia through two interventions:

  • Co-designing a validated tool with family carers, to support care, decision-making and access to services. The Integrated Person-centred Outcome Scale in dementia (IPOS-Dem) tool includes assessment of symptoms, emotional, spiritual and information needs and will be integrated with telehealth.

  • Developing interventions to support care homes in better meeting residents’ spiritual needs, particularly those living with dementia from minority cultural or faith backgrounds. The research will be informed by perspectives of care home staff, residents living with dementia, and their family and friends to increase understanding of the beliefs and spiritual needs of residents living with dementia. Guidance and policies will be developed to help care home staff support spiritual care.

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NIHR ARC South West Peninsula

NIHR ARC South West Peninsula's Dementia theme offers extensive opportunities for a number of Post-doctoral Training Fellowships to gain experience in key priority areas, preparing them to become future research leaders. Its dementia research focuses on (a) better understanding of the needs of people living with dementia and carers and developing interventions to help meet these needs, (b) better understanding of population risk factors for dementia and how these can be addressed, and (c) maximising impact from existing research in these areas through effective implementation. Enhancing quality of life and well-being, tackling health inequalities, co-production, and inclusion of ‘seldom heard’ groups are all central to the NIHR ARC South West Peninsula approach.

Research is conducted throughout the UK and beyond, but the particular challenges facing people with dementia living in the southwest provide an excellent environment for developing and evaluating innovative approaches to improving lives and services.

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Three roles - Senior/Principal Research Fellowships

The NIHR ARC Wessex Ageing and Dementia theme focusses on independent living with and for older people with complex health and social care needs. Researchers conduct applied research grounded in the realities of living with such needs.

NIHR ARC Wessex is awarding three applied dementia post-doc fellowships, focused on research for people living at home with dementia, and part of a national cross-ARCs programme funded by NIHR and Alzheimer’s Society.

Appointment can be up to ERE Level 6 – looking to target budding research leaders and attract newcomers from other disciplines (with research track record), but also keep talent in the field where it is already there

Job details here

Closing date 5th September



NIHR ARC West has been awarded nearly £240k to host two new post-doctoral researchers focused on dementia:

  • Developing ‘dementia friendly’ outcome measures: There are challenges to using outcome measures, such as ICECAP capability measures, with people who have dementia. The new role will investigate how these issues could be overcome, contributing to better use of outcome measures in the economic evaluation of interventions for people with dementia.

  • Developing a family intervention to support people who have received a dementia diagnosis: Building on the Living Well with Dementia group-based course, the researcher will help explore if this model could work for families.

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NIHR ARC West Midlands

NIHR ARC West Midlands (ARC WM) aims to establish a regional social care dementia research group to address current needs and secure future grant funding, applying innovation through new methodological approaches, engaging service users and practitioners and ensuring impact by engagement with the regional and national social care infrastructure.  The award will support the development of leaders with strength and vision to drive social care dementia research for the future.

NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber

NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber is looking to recruit three post doctoral research fellows:

  • One postdoctoral research fellow will lead on a mixed method study examining how potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia intersect with ethnicity and sociodemographic factors (University of Bradford)

  • A second postdoctoral research fellow (University of Leeds) will lead quantitative investigation of the policy impact of interventions to target dementia risk factors across ethnic groups and by deprivation using cohort study and routinely available, linked health and care datasets.

    It will also appoint an Alzheimer’s Society postdoctoral research fellow, with the opportunity for applicants to set out their vision for a two year postdoctoral research fellowship focusing on prevention of dementia, taking into account wider sociodemographic factors.