NIHR Fellowship Programme

Round 8 of the NIHR Fellowships Programme is now open for applications

NIHR Fellowships support outstanding individuals to become the health research leaders of the future by buying out their salary costs, meeting their training and development costs and by contributing to the research costs needed to complete an identified research project.

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research at an institution based in England.

Applicants should use the scheme specific guidance notes below relevant to the application level they intend to apply to.  You are strongly advised to read the guidance notes carefully and refer to them as you complete the online form.

Here is the link to apply:

Closing date for the applications is 21st January 2015 at 1.00pm. No exceptions will be made.

Potential applicants from the devolved nations must consult with their national R&D office before applying:

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: 

Doctoral Research Fellowship - 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. Applicants are expected to propose an individual PhD research project and a customised research training programme within an environment that reflects their individual talents and training needs. It is anticipated that successful applicants will become independent research leaders within 6 to 10 years of completing the fellowship.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - 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 are expected to 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 have obtained their research doctorate or submitted their PhD or MD thesis for examination, but must not have more than 3 years WTE post-doctoral experience at the time of applying.

Career Development Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who have significant and successful post-doctoral experience. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of significant outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research. It is expected that successful applicants will have the potential to become fully independent researchers on completion of the fellowship. Applicants will not have more than 7 years WTE post-doctoral 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.

Senior Research Fellowship - 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. A fellowship is expected to enhance existing career opportunities for successful applicants and others in health related research, and to support the development of collaborative partnerships within and between HEIs and the NHS in response to identified health needs.

Transitional Research Fellowship - Offers between 18 and 24 months funding to support researchers from any scientific discipline and sector to make a transition from basic or experimental science research to an area of research which is within NIHR remit. Applicants may also use a TRF to re-establish a research career 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.

Feedback from the previous round 6 of NIHR Fellowships is available in the form of the NIHR Fellowships Round 6 Chair's Report.
Feedback from last year's round 7 NIHR Fellowships is available in the form of the NIHR Fellowships Round 7 Chair's Report.

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowships 2014 Public Minutes
NIHR Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships 2014 Public Minutes

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