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HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Round 3

 

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Before applying please carefully review:
 
• ICA PCAF Applicant Guidance Notes – the Applicant Guidance Notes are available throughout the year, however new Applicant Guidance Notes are published to accompany each competition. Applicants must ensure they are referring to the most recent guidance if submitting an application.
• ICA PCAF Round 2 Chairs' Report – published following the completion of each scheme competition, the report summarises common weaknesses that were noted by the Selection Committee and provides advice for prospective applicants.

Applicants may also find useful:

ICA PCAF Selection Committee 
• Personal Awards Contract for Employing Host Organisation – the Employing Host Organisation of successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard NIHR personal awards contract. This sample contract can be viewed for information.
• NIHR Awards Management System (ARAMIS) – application forms will be available through ARAMIS when the competition launches. Prospective applicants are welcome to register on the system at any time.
Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship webinar - hear from Jon Marsden, Chair of the PCAF Selection Committee, who provides advice to prospective applicants on developing a competitive application, and answers questions at the end of the session from attendees.
 
For more information about the funding Programme, visit the HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme page.
 
Please note this is an indicative date, which may change.
 
For aspiring clinical academics from the ICA eligible professions
 
The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme supports early career researchers to become competitive applicants for a doctoral level research training fellowship.

ICA PCAFs support healthcare professionals who are not doctors or dentists. A full list of ICA eligible professions is available.

PCAF candidates may:

• have little formal academic training/ research experience or
• have completed some Masters level training or
• have completed a Masters level qualification or
• require Masters level training/ a full Masters

However, all applicants must be committed to a career as a clinical academic.
 
The PCAF scheme offers two distinct funding offers, which follow the same application process. You will be asked to specify which funding stream you would like to apply for.
 
  
  PCAF PCAF Bridge
Details Funding to support the submission of a doctoral fellowship application and to undertake Masters-level training  Funding to support submission of a doctoral fellowship application and to undertake some training
Funding scope • salary costs to cover the time undertaking the Fellowship
• up to £5,000 towards Masters level training* and associated travel and subsistence
• up to £1,000 for conference/meeting fees and associated travel and subsistence
• supervision and mentorship costs up to £1,000
• salary costs to cover the time undertaking the Fellowship
• up to £500 for conference / meeting fees and associated travel and subsistence
• up to £400 for formal courses and associated travel and subsistence
• supervision and mentorship costs up to £500
Structure

• full-time for 12 months (5 days per week)
• part-time over 24 months (2.5 days per week, 0.5 WTE)
• Part-time over 30 months (2 days per week, 0.4 WTE)

• 4 days per week for 6 months (0.8 WTE)
• 2 days per week for 12 months (0.4 WTE)