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NIHR Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships Round 8 April 2022

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The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is launching the 8th round of Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships as part of the NIHR Fellowship Programme.

These awards are for individuals and their host organisations looking to submit an application to the Doctoral or Advanced Fellowship. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply for these awards - see below for further details.

The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and can be utilised at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Advanced Fellowships will be available with a ‘clinical academic’ option, whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request up to 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development, which would be covered by the award.

To be eligible for an NIHR Advanced Fellowship you must:

  • Have a proposed host who is an HEI, NHS body, or other provider of health and/or care services.
  • Hold a relevant PhD or MD, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application (you must have been awarded a PhD or MD by the time you attend the interview).
  • Not already hold a Chair at the point of application.
  • Complete the relevant pre-registration training (for clinical academic applicants).

Round 2 of NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award (PHCSA), funded through the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme and delivered jointly with the NIHR Academy is also open and can be applied to through an Advanced Fellowship application. The award aims to enhance research expertise in the most important areas affecting population health by supporting the next generation of independent public health research leaders.

The closing date for the NIHR Advanced Fellowship scheme is at 1pm on 30 June 2022.

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. This fellowship may also be taken up on a part-time basis. Clinical applicants are able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the fellowship.

To be eligible for an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship you must:

  • Have completed any relevant pre-registration training (for clinical academic
    applicants).
  • Have completed a first degree (for non-clinical applicants).
  • Have a proposed host who is an HEI, NHS body, or other provider of health and/or care services.
  • Be intending to register for and complete a PhD.
  • Where already registered for a PhD (or MPhil with transfer to PhD), you should not have been registered for more than 12 months at 100% WTE by the time the award starts.

The closing date for the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship scheme is at 1pm on 21 July 2022.

For further information on the NIHR Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships, please visit the NIHR Fellowship Programme page.