HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship


ICA Clinical Lectureship

Round 4 Stage 1 Competition has closed


The HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship (CL) Scheme represents the early post-doctoral element of the ICA Programme. Applicants require support from both an English NHS / healthcare provider organisation and an English higher education institution, and should propose to divide their time equally between their clinical and academic commitments. A Clinical Lectureship should enable the award holder to make a significant contribution to clinical practice whilst supporting their development as a potential clinical academic leader.

Posts are co-funded by the employing organisations, which will provide at least 50% of the Clinical Lecturer's salary. The remaining portion of the salary costs, the research costs and the training/development costs will be met by the award.

All applicants must belong to one of the eligible professions and ensure that their proposed research project is compatible with the published NIHR remit and the HEE priorities.

Eligibility for the Clinical Lectureship scheme will be extended to include Professional Doctorate graduates, providing they can evidence the quality and proportionality of research education, training and experience gained over the course of their professional doctorate studies. Prospective applicants who hold a professional doctorate must gain support from their prospective host HEI to confirm that they meet the professional doctorate eligibility criteria. This evidence should be submitted to the NIHR TCC ( TCCawards@nihr.ac.uk) for confirmation of eligibility before proceeding with an application.  Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis. 


2 Stage Competition

The application process for the Clinical Lectureship competition is now 2-stage and uses an adapted version of the NIHR Standard Application Forms (SAF).  The Stage 1 form must be submitted by 1pm on Thursday 19th April 2018. If an application is shortlisted for interview by the Review Panel following peer review, applicants will be invited to complete the Stage 2 application form in advance of attending for interview.
Further information regarding the NIHR SAF and the two stage application process is available the General Information on Training Programmes section of the NIHR website.


Useful Resource for Prospective Applicants:

  • The ICA CL and SCL Applicant Guidance Notes, published to accompany each competition, should be read in full before starting an application. Please ensure you are referring to the most recent Guidance.

  • The application system can be accessed via https://tcci.nihr.ac.uk/Login.aspx.  Prospective applicants can register at any time and complete CV information.  Application forms are only available during the application window.

  • The Chairs Report is a review of the Round 3 CDRF, CL and SCL competitions produced by the Chairs of the ICA Programme personal award review panels. This report summarises common weaknesses that were noted by the review panels, and provides advice for prospective applicants.

  • Guide to the HEE/NIHR ICA Programme provides comprehensive information regarding all elements of the ICA Programme, its management and additional resources available to support applicants

  • The ICA Webinar presents the ICA Programme to prospective applicants and provides tips for those developing proposals.

  • The Employing Host Organisation of successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard NIHR Personal awards contract. A Sample contract can be viewed for information only.

 Applications to the Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship schemes are reviewed by the HEE/NIHR ICA CL and SCL Review Panel


 ICA Clinical Lectureship Round 4 Competition - Key Dates:

Competition Stage Key Date
Stage 1 Competition Opens 1st March 2018
Stage 1 Competition Closes 19th April 2018
Shortlisting meeting 11th June 2018
Deadline for submission of evidence that doctorate has been awarded* 28th September 2018
Stage 2 Competition Closes 18th October 2018
Interviews in Leeds 26th and 28th November 2018
Start dates of awards 1st April, 1st May or 1st June 2019

 * CL applicants not awarded doctorate at time of submission only 


Contact Us

The HEE/NIHR CL Scheme is managed by  Dr Beth Harris of the NIHR TCC Personal Awards Team.

If, after consulting the applicant guidance notes, you have any queries pertaining to the HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship Scheme please contact the NIHR TCC Personal Awards Team:

Tel:  0113 346 6268  Email: tccawards@nihr.ac.uk


HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship: Previous Rounds


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