As many of you will already be aware, the ground-breaking Dementia Enquirers programme is testing out what it means for people with dementia to be in the driving seat of research.

As the programme enters its final year (at least of this Phase), we want to let you know about an exciting new opportunity for Early Career Researchers.

We are offering up to five ECRs a ‘mini-internship’ with some or all of the Pioneers – the people with dementia who have been shaping this programme from the start.

The internship will normally comprise two online sessions with the Pioneers. These can be tailored to the needs and wishes of the individual ECR. S/he may for example choose to seek advice on a project idea – or to invite the Pioneers to critique a draft proposal or engagement plan.

There is no cost to you. The Pioneers will be paid for their time out of the programme budget. The benefits to the ECR include:

  • Access to the expertise of (amazing!) people with the lived experience who are experienced in co-produced research
  • A chance to discuss and reflect on difficult research-related issues in a safe space
  • Recordings of the discussions
  • A useful addition to their CV

There is no form to complete. Instead we invite interested ECRs to send a video (maximum 2 minutes), introducing themselves and saying why they want and deserve the bursary. The Pioneers will select the successful applicants from the video alone.

The deadline is 28th February 2022. Please send your video by WeTransfer to

We would be grateful if you can forward this ASAP to any ECRs who may be interested.