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Population Health Career Scientist Award


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We are accepting applications to the NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award (PHCSA).

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. There is a desire to attract applicants representing the wide range of 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, arts).

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

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Expected timescales

This opportunity will close at 1pm 13 January 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 during July 2022.


An introductory PHCSA webinar will be held on 10 November 2021. To register for the webinar please email your name, title and organisation by 29 October 2021. If you intend to apply to the opportunity please include a one-page summary in your email. The one-page summary should include a brief CV, details of research interests and any questions you would like to ask or points of clarity.