NIHR Fellowship Programme
Round 9 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme launched on the 22nd of October 2015. The deadline for applications was 1pm on Wednesday the 20th of January 2016. The next round will launch in October/November 2016. For round 10 we will be closing the post doc levels the week before Christmas (exact date to be confirmed) and the doctoral level applications in mid January 2017.
The application system can be accessed via https://tcci.nihr.ac.uk/Login.aspx
New from Round 9 - Lead applicants must provide an ORCID iD.
The NIHR is an ORCID member and encourages researchers and trainees to obtain this persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. Lead applicants must now include an ORCID iD in their application. Without it, your application will not be validated and you will not be able to submit. If you don’t already have one, we recommend that you register for your ORCID iD as soon as possible.
Shortlisting for the Doctoral Research Fellowship will take place during April 2016 and interviews will be held in Leeds between the 21st and 23rd June 2016.
Shortlisting for Post Doctoral, Career Development, Senior Research and Transitional Research Fellowships will take place during April 2016 and interviews will be held in Leeds between the 12th and 14th of July 2016.
Applicants will hear if they have been invited for interview 4 to 6 weeks prior to the interview dates.
All applicants must ensure that their proposed research project is compatible with the published NIHR remit
Applicants may only submit one application to a round of the NIHR Fellowships competition.
Five levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available: Doctoral, Post Doctoral, Career Development, Senior Research and Transitional Research:
The Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF) offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to undertake a PhD and is aimed at individuals, of outstanding potential, early in their research careers. It aims to fast-track them through a customised research training programme in an environment reflecting their individual talents and training needs. It is anticipated that successful applicants would become independent research leaders within 6 to 10 years of completing an NIHR DRF award. You can hear from NIHR Doctoral Research Fellows Rhiannon Owen and Lisa Newington on their own experiences.
The Post Doctoral Fellowship ( PDF) offers 3 years full time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who are able to demonstrate their potential as researchers but do not, as yet, have sufficient experience to be fully independent. Applicants must show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research, where applicable. Applicants will not have more than 3 years WTE post-doctoral research experience at the time of applying.
The Career Development Fellowship (CDF) offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who have significant and successful post-doctoral experience. Applicants should be able to provide evidence of a clear commitment to a research career, success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research and the likelihood that during a Fellowship they would become fully independent researchers. Applicants will not have more than 7 years WTE post-doctoral research experience at the time of applying. Applicants who have had a career break may be able to apply with up to 8 years WTE post-doctoral research experience.
The Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) offers 5 years funding to undertake a programme of research and is aimed at outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders within the duration of an award. An NIHR SRF is expected to enhance existing career opportunities for both the award holder and others in health related research and support the development of collaborative partnerships within and between HEIs and the NHS in response to identified health needs.
The Transitional Research Fellowship (TRF) offers 18 months – 24 months funding (at 100%, 75% or 60%) to support researchers to make a transition from basic or experimental science research to an area of applied health or clinical research which is within NIHR remit. Applicants may also use a TRF to re-establish their career in applied health or clinical research, after a significant career break. Any proposed research component of the TRF application must be within NIHR remit. The NIHR TRF should allow successful applicants to develop the skills needed to be successful in future applications for both NIHR Fellowship Programmes and wider NIHR funding opportunities. A NIHR TRF is a personal award designed to buy out an individual’s salary costs and to fund an appropriate training and development programme, which may or may not include a research project component. Applicants will not have more than 5 years WTE post-doctoral research experience at the time of applying. You can hear from NIHR Transitional Research Fellow Matthew Hyde on his own experiences.
Feedback from last year's Round 7 NIHR Fellowships is available in the form of the NIHR Fellowships Round 7 Chair's Report.
Feedback from last year's round 8 NIHR Fellowships is available in the form of the NIHR Fellowships Round 8 Chair's Report.
NIHR Fellows tell their stories
Current Fellowship Programme Trainees tell their own stories on how the NIHR has helped them develop a Clinical Academic Career. (Filmed at the 2015 Trainee Meeting)
1. Rhiannon Owen, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and Medical Statistician
2. Matthew Hyde, NIHR Transitional Research Fellow and Associate in Paediatrics.
3. Lisa Newington, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and Physiotherapist.
We hosted our second Fellowship Programme webinar on Thursday 16 June 2016.
This is a webinar for aspiring NIHR Fellowship award holders ahead of the launch of round 10 of the programme later in the year. The webinar is aimed at clinicians, allied health professionals and health researchers who wish to learn more about personal training awards.
It is jointly hosted by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) and the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) and will include:
- An overview of the NIHR Fellowship programmes and eligibility requirements
- A guide to the scope of research projects that are suitable for Fellowship schemes
- An overview of the support offered by the NIHR RDS
- Things to consider before applying for an NIHR Fellowship and designing a research project
The webinar is presented by Pete Thompson, Assistant Director at NIHR TCC and Jill Carlton, Research Fellow in the Health Economics and Decision Science section of ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research) and Fellowships advisor for NIHR Yorkshire and Humber RDS
Our First Fellowship Programme webinar took place on Tuesday 8 December.
This webinar is aimed specifically at those who are applying for Round 9 of the programme and those considering applying for Round 10 this time next year.
A Q&A document was put together from this webinar and contains the common questions asked and their answers.
Tel: 0113 346 6277