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NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award


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We are accepting applications to the NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award (PHCSA), not only from population health scientists, but also from other disciplines which undertake research in areas which impact the determinants of health (e.g. environmental science, mathematics, architecture, engineering, geography, education, social sciences, social policy and the arts).

We wish to develop and enhance research expertise in the most important areas affecting population health, by supporting the next generation of independent public health research leaders. The Population Health Career Scientist Award is a UK-wide initiative to enable senior researchers to make the next step to Reader/Professor level in their host institutions. 

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

To apply, please follow these steps:

  • Click the 'Apply Now' button below
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  • In the 'Application Summary Information' section, select PHCSA in the 'Application type' from the drop down menu

Expected timescales

This opportunity will close at 1pm 30 June 2022. Applications to this scheme will be assessed for remit and competitiveness in the first instance. All in remit and competitive applications will be externally peer reviewed with applications subsequently shortlisted for interview by a sub-committee of the assessment panel including the panel Chair and the Director of the PHR Programme.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by the assessment panel. The interview will include a short (five-minute) presentation from candidates, strictly timed. We anticipate interviews taking place around January 2023.


An introductory PHCSA webinar was held to provide an overview of the scheme plus details on how to apply. Also included were two question and answer sessions which cover areas such as the remit of the call, future funding rounds, eligibility, budget and eligible support costs as well as the NIHR assessment process. To request a copy of the webinar, including the question and answer sessions, please email