The NIHR trainee experience

We provide training and career development awards, ranging from undergraduate level through to opportunities for established investigators and research leaders. They are open to a wide range of professions and designed to suit different working arrangements and career pathways. 

As part of these awards additional training, networking, mentoring and guidance on subsequent research funding opportunities are provided.

Training awards are provided through two routes:

1. Competition for training awards run by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre TCC. These awards:

  • are generous - attracting university fees, full salary, bespoke training opportunities and research costs in most cases
  • are prestigious with well-defined career paths for various clinical and non-clinical professions
  • provide access to an annual trainees meeting and bespoke workshops and meetings 

Over 2,000 trainees are supported through Training Programmes managed by NIHR TCC

2. Through specific parts of the infrastructure which have a remit to build research capacity.  

These include NIHR-funded training fellowships in Biomedical Research Centres/Units (BRC/BRUs) and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) or through approved training programmes offered by NIHR Schools, and Translational Research Collaborations.

What does it mean to be an NIHR trainee?

NIHR Dean for Faculty Trainees, Professor Dave Jones explains in the video below (filmed at the NIHR Trainee Meeting 2015)

The impact of an NIHR training award

NIHR trainees explain how the NIHR has helped them to develop their careers. This film was created to open the 10th Annual NIHR Trainee Meeting in December 2016.