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Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship



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For more information about the funding programme, visit the Programme Page.

This pilot scheme has been designed to support the academic ambitions of individuals wishing to develop as health and/or social care researchers whilst remaining employed within, or at least salaried to support, local authorities or local authority supporting services. A companion pre-doctoral fellowship scheme has also been developed, and will likely invite further applications in spring 2022.
These fully funded doctoral fellowships enable awardees to retain their existing employment contracts and salaries, whilst devoting their time to a PhD of their own choosing and to a bespoke personal development programme. Personal development funds can be used to support professional development as well as academic development.
With the exception of doctors and dentists, who can already access equivalent dedicated funding opportunities, these awards are available to individuals of any profession or background. Applicants must, however, be employed by: 
  • a local authority
  • a non-NHS provider of local authority commissioned services
  • a non-profit organisation (such as a charity) that provides services on behalf of a local authority, or supports a local authority in meeting its objectives.
This initiative represents an exciting new opportunity for a wide range of individuals, but especially for those without professional social worker or clinician status. Eligible clinicians and social workers are welcome to apply for support from this scheme or from the other existing NIHR Academy administered schemes that cater for their own professional groups, but cannot apply to both concurrently.

The scheme is now inviting applications, which must be made though the NIHR Academy’s application management system.
Prospective applicants are strongly advised to read the scheme specific applicant guidance notes in full before beginning an application.


Application forms available: 8 April 2021
Deadline for application submission: 15 June 2021
Awards made: December 2021
Award uptake by successful applicants: from 1 April 2022