Graham Ayliffe Training Fellowship


The Graham Ayliffe Fellowship Award was established in 2013 to enable trainees currently working in the field of infection prevention and control to take a one year paid leave of absence to pursue their specialist area by broadening their knowledge base and imparting that knowledge to the wider scientific community. 

Opportunity to work with the Journal of Hospital Infection:

For the 2018 funding round, the Society and the Journal of Hospital Infection are pleased to offer an opportunity for the Graham Ayliffe Training Fellow to train as a part time Editor for the JHI.  The fellow will join the Editor in Chief and other members of the Editorial board to develop their skills to work as an Editor and to help promote the JHI.  A full role description is available here.  Please contact if you require more information.

For further general information, please read the Fellowship Award guidance for applicants

To apply please complete the Fellowship application form (Word) or (PDF)  and the Fellowship C.V. template and email to by 1 March 2018.

Please ensure that you have read and accept the terms and conditions of our awards before submitting an application.


Since 2013, HIS awarded the Fellowship five times, with two fellowships awarded in 2015.   

Here is what three of the recipients say about the award:

Eftihia Yiannakis, Graham Ayliffe Training Fellow 2014: "The year I spent as the Graham Ayliffe Training fellow was one of the most valuable experiences of my training. My activities during the fellowship allowed me to explore my interest in infection control and resulted in publications and presentations that I would not have achieved during my conventional training.”                     

Damian Mawer, Graham Ayliffe Training Fellow 2015“I have found the Healthcare Infection Society to be friendly and supportive during the Fellowship. Their funding is also enabling me to attend relevant courses and conferences, such as FIS 2015. From my experience so far I would encourage every infection trainee with an interest in Infection Prevention to consider applying for the Graham Ayliffe Fellowship. It offers a fantastic opportunity to broaden your experiences, explore new fields and realise opportunities that wouldn’t be possible during training.”                                                                       

Nikunj Mahida, Graham Ayliffe Training Fellow 2015: "During microbiology training, I developed an interest in infection prevention and control (IPC) and medical publishing. The fellowship was therefore a perfect opportunity to consolidate my experience in these areas. As a trainee editor at the JHI, I further refined my skills in medical writing, peer review and publishing. I developed an in-depth understanding of the steps involved from submission of a manuscript to publication by following and managing manuscripts under supervision, through the editorial manager system. I was involved in writing editorials, commentaries, as well as commissioning articles, with the support of the senior editorial team. Following completion of the fellowship, I was offered the opportunity to join the editorial board and now work as an editor at the JHI, alongside my role as a Consultant Microbiologist."