Professor Paul Speight, the Faculty of Dental Surgery’s research chair at the Royal College of Surgeons, said the fellowships were being made available to encourage and increase research into children’s oral health.
They will be offered in partnership with the British Orthodontic Society and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry.
Professor Speight said: ‘We would like to see action against inequalities in health and in access to services, clear care pathways for children and more involvement of children in decision-making about their own healthcare. Other issues include management of craniofacial anomalies.
‘Urgent action is needed and further research is required to help implement appropriate solutions. This is why we will be offering a number of research fellowships under the theme of Promoting Children’s Oral Health.’
The Faculty of Dental Surgery has teamed up with the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) to award a number of fellowships in 2016. These include:
- A joint FDS-BOS research training fellowship available to fund a clinician scientist to undertake a PhD in the broad field of orthodontics
- A joint FDS-BSPD one year research fellowship to support a clinical trainee in Paediatric Dentistry who may be studying towards a PhD
- The Faculty will also continue to offer the FDS Research Fellowship and the FDS Wellcome Research Fellowship.
The Faculty will also continue to offer small research grants. This year a number of these will be offered in partnership with the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) to support research designed to benefit community or population oral health.
Potential candidates should visit the Faculty’s research webpages for more information: www.rcseng.ac.uk/fds/research.