Is it for me?

There is no stereotype for a Lister Prize Fellow, other than that he or she will be a young researcher undertaking excellent work and that the award of the prize will have a high beneficial impact.

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Current and former Fellows at the annual Fellows’ meeting in Cambridge

You might be a young researcher just starting your own independent research group, or a group leader looking to go down a new avenue of research not covered by your current awards.  You might be a newly-appointed lecturer working in a university department, the leader of a small group in a research institute, or the holder of a personal Fellowship, but in all cases receipt of the Prize will make a real difference to you and your research.  However, the Lister Prize cannot provide your salary, that must come from other sources.

You might be scientifically trained undertaking full-time research, or you might be medically qualified still undergoing some specialty training and also leading a research project and you must have more than three but less than ten years post-doctoral experience (post PhD or MD whichever is the earlier).  You might be able to devote all your time to research or you might have teaching, clinical or administrative duties which restrict your research time – the Lister Prize Fellowship may be used to buy yourself out of  some of these other commitments if you wish to use it in that way.

The Lister Institute seeks diversity in its Prize winners and their research areas.  The Institute is delighted that over the years female researches have been well represented amongst its Prize-winners (in fact in the same gender ratio as in the initial applications).  In 2013 two of the four Prize-winners were women.  In terms of the area of research we are open to applications which investigate any area of biomedical science and a look at our current Prize Fellows and former Fellows will show the diversity of their research interests.

Dr Nina Balthasar

Dr Nina Balthasar, University of Bristol

The Institute is aware that personal circumstances vary and that there may have been, or will be, factors which limit research time (examples might be: maternity leave, family commitments or other responsibilities).  We know that research takes place in the real world and your application will be judged in that context!

The backgrounds and experiences of some recent Prize Fellows and what the award meant to them is given at the What it meant to me - do take a look!

Finally, if you would like to apply go to How to Apply (link)  and Down-loadable Forms.