The Gordon Aikman Scholarship Scheme - a commemoration of the Scottish campaigner for Motor Neurone Disease.

A new scholarship scheme to fund improvements in motor neurone disease (MND) care is to be set up by the Scottish Government in partnership with MND Scotland in honour of Scottish campaigner, Gordon Aikman.

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 for the pilot year 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 aim of the Scholarship Scheme is to make improvement(s) to MND care through research and practical projects into new and better care.

The closing date for applications is the 7th August 2017.


Download the Scholarship Scheme application form

Download the Scholarship Scheme application form for those affected by MND or Carers

Download the Scholarship Scheme Further Particulars

Download the Scholarship Scheme advert


If you want to discuss in more detail please contact:


Dr Gaylor Hoskins

Clinical Academic Research Fellow

University of Stirling

Unit 13 Scion House

Stirling University Innovation Park



Tel: 01786 466429

Mob: 07976 553502



Alternative contact:

Suzannah Hunter, NMAHP-RU Admin

Tel: 01786 466341





NMAHP Research Unit


21 June 2017

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