The Gordon Aikman Scholarship Scheme

A commemoration of the Scottish campaigner for Motor Neurone Disease

Published on: 21/06/2018

A commemoration of the Scottish campaigner for Motor Neurone Disease

The scholarship scheme to fund improvements in motor neurone disease (MND) care, set up by the Scottish Government in partnership with MND Scotland in honour of Scottish campaigner, Gordon Aikman, is now announcing its second call for applications.

The aim of the Scholarship Scheme is to make improvements to MND care through research and practical projects into new and better care.

The scholarship will support individuals and professionals to develop, implement and evaluate practical interventions to improve the quality of life of people affected by MND.  This may be through travel to identify best practice and/or using improvement and research approaches to test the impact and suitability of interventions for people with MND. This would include non-medicine based interventions such as specialised physiotherapy techniques, non-medicalised assisted breathing techniques etc.

The Scottish Government and MND Scotland’s joint funding will be £50,000 with the proviso that all funded learning is shared across Scotland, including presentation at an ‘end of award’ event. The Scottish Government and MND Scotland are especially committed to learning from those affected by MND and their carers, and it is anticipated that a significant amount of this resource will be invested in funding a project led by those with MND and their carers.

The scholarship scheme will accept applications from registered Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) working and domiciled in Scotland, and from those affected by MND and their carers who are living in Scotland. 

The scheme will be administered by the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAPH RU) at the University of Stirling but scholarships are expected to be hosted by any NHS or Higher Education Institution (HEI) organisation in Scotland, or by MND Scotland for those affected by MND and their carers.

An additional amount up to £1k is also available from MND Scotland (on application) to fund dissemination activities (e.g. conference attendance, travel, organising additional workshops).

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2018.

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For further information contact:

Dr Gaylor Hoskins

Tel: 01786 466429


Karen Stanton

Tel: 01786 466341