CR&I Fellowships

One of the jewels in the crown of the Centre for Research & Improvement  is our programme of research fellows. As well as supporting CR&I projects, the fellowship programme aims to support the development of tomorrow’s academic leaders.

Since 2012, over a dozen fellows from a variety of regions and backgrounds of anaesthesia have worked on RCoA research projects. 

How to get involved?

The CR&I at the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), and partner NHS and independent sector hospitals appoint clinical research fellows to work on high profile programmes related to anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.

Any opportunities to work on CR&I research projects are advertised each year through the RCoA, NIAA and CR&I websites, as well as their respective social media feeds and in the RCoA Bulletin. These Fellowships are open to all Anaesthetists, including SAS Doctors, (below Consultant and Specialist level) and no previous research experience is necessary.

Posts usually commence in August and successful candidates will gain exposure to national research and quality improvement programmes, opportunities for academic publication and conference presentations and develop leadership and management skills. Fellowships are funded by a range of hospitals around the UK, and come with a split in clinical commitment and time for research activities. 

We are hugely grateful for the support we have had from our partners, and are always looking for opportunities to work with research funders and hospitals across the UK. Previous funders include:


  • James Cook University Hospital (Middlesborough)
  • King Edward VII Critical Care Unit (private hospital, London)
  • The London Clinic Critical Care Unit (private hospital, London)
  • Nottingham University Hospital (Nottingham)
  • The Princess Grace Critical Care Unit (private hospital, London)
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Exeter)
  • Royal United Hospital (Bath)
  • St. George's Hospital (London)
  • University College Hospital (London)


The CR&I advertises posts annually. Interested future fellows please contact

Current Vacancies 

The RCoA CR&I in partnership with NHS and independent sector hospitals, seeks to appoint one clinical research fellow to work on the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

The successful candidate will gain exposure to national research and quality improvement programmes, opportunities for academic publication and conference presentations and develop leadership and management skills.

Click below to download the full Information Pack:

CR&I Fellows Information Pack 2023-24 - NELA 

The posts will commence in February 2024  and will be for one year in the first instance.


How to Apply

If you are interested in this post, please send the following to

1. CV with contact details for two referees and confirmation of eligibility to work in the UK

2. Covering letter which must indicate:

Which geographical location(s), in order of preference, you would like to be considered for



Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 20th October 2023

Shortlisting and Interview dates to follow

Queries to:


Fellows Development Programme

As well as opportunities to get involved with academic research, the CR&I have recently put together a Fellowship Development Programme. The programme consists of a series of webinar talks from a range of expert speakers on topics such as quantitative and qualitative research, statistics, and publication skills

The idea behind the development programme is to give  Fellows a broad understanding of the bigger picture and impact that research can have. 


The best bits about research include autonomy; a flexible working pattern; exposure to new people and ways of thinking; and excitement as new doors open, even if I’m not entirely sure where I want them to lead. I’m really glad that I’ve tried research. Don’t assume you need a lot of experience to get involved!

Duncan Wagstaff
Former CR&I Fellow, PQIP