Clinical Lectureship

The HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship (CL) Scheme supports non-medical healthcare professionals who are in the early stages of their post-doctoral career and wish to establish themselves as independent clinical academic researchers over the course of the award.

The Clinical Lectureship scheme provide the funding to undertake a 50/50 clinical academic role during which Clinical Lecturers have the time and support to develop the specific skill sets required to achieve credibility as independent researchers, whilst continuing their clinical practice and development. 

Round 6 Clinical Lectureship call for applications:  anticipated March 2020

Are you eligible?

Applicants require support from an English NHS / healthcare provider organisation and an English higher education institution, and should propose to divide their time equally between their clinical and academic commitments.

All applicants must:

 Posts are co-funded by the employing organisations, which must provide at least 50% of the Clinical Lecturer's salary. The remaining portion of the salary costs, the research costs and the training/development costs will be met by the award.

Prospective applicants who hold a professional doctorate must gain support from their prospective host HEI to confirm that they meet the professional doctorate eligibility criteria.

Useful Resource for Prospective Applicants:

  • The ICA CL and SCL Applicant Guidance Notes, published to accompany each competition, should be read in full before starting an application. Please ensure you are referring to the most recent Guidance.
  • The application system can be accessed via  Prospective applicants can register at any time and complete CV information.  Application forms are only available during the application window.
  • The Chairs Report is a review of the Round 4 (2018) CDRF, CL and SCL competitions produced by the Chairs of the ICA Programme personal award review panels. This report summarises common weaknesses that were noted by the review panels, and provides advice for prospective applicants.

  • The Employing Host Organisation of successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard NIHR Personal awards contract. A Sample contract can be viewed for information only via the "Information for Prospective Applicants" webpage.

  • HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship - Round 3 (2017) Public Minutes


Applications to the Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship schemes are reviewed by the HEE/NIHR ICA CL and SCL Selection Committee.


For Further Information

Call: 0113 532 8401

Email:, With the subject ICA

Being a Clinical Lecturer

Renal dietician Lina Johansson is leading research investigating and improving signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease. She explains how the Health Education England/National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lectureship has allowed her to stay clinically active whilst having the opportunity to lead on research which significantly impacts on older people nearing end stage renal disease.