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Action on Hearing Loss Pauline Ashley Fellowship scheme

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.

Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

  • Diagnosis of hearing loss or 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, including investigation of the mechanisms underlying hearing loss and the development of therapies (cell-, drug-, or gene-based) to prevent hearing loss or restore natural hearing
  • Silencing tinnitus

Projects should bring tangible benefits closer for people who are deaf, have tinnitus or hearing loss. See our Biomedical Research Strategy for more 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: The deadline for applications to this year’s Pauline Ashley Fellowship scheme has now passed. The next call will be launched in early 2021.

In the last round of funding (2018), we received 10 applications and awarded 2 fellowships.

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 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 in May or June – the final date will be confirmed with you when you submit your application. Short-listed candidates will be informed no less than 2 weeks before the interview 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.

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

Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the final decision 

Review panel

  • Professor Steve Brown, MRC Harwell Institute (chair)
  • Dr Bob Carlyon, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Karolina Kluk-de Kort, University of Manchester
  • Dr Mark Wallace, University of Nottingham
  • Additional members to be confirmed

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:

020 3227 6158