Senior Clinical Lectureship

Round 5 competition anticipated launch: March 2019

The HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lectureship (SCL) scheme is the most senior level of the HEE/NIHR ICA career pathway.

SCL awards are intended to support outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders within five years.

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

An SCL is expected to enhance existing career opportunities for both the award holder and others in health related research, and to support the development of collaborative partnerships within and between HEIs and the NHS.

Are you eligible?

Prospective applicants with fewer than 5 years' WTE post-doctoral research experience are recommended to consider applying for a HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship.

  • Applicants must have been awarded a research doctorate (PhD) and have at least five years’ experience of clinical practice at the time of application.
  • Posts are co-funded by the employing organisations, which will provide at least 50% of the Senior Clinical Lecturer's salary. The remaining portion of salary costs, the research costs and the training/development costs will be met by the award.

Eligibility for the Senior Clinical Lectureship scheme will now be extended to include Professional Doctorate graduates, providing they can evidence the quality and proportionality of research education, training and experience gained over the course of their professional doctorate studies. Prospective applicants who hold a professional doctorate should refer to the professional doctorate eligibility criteria and follow the instructions in this document if they meet the criteria and would like their eligibility to be assessed.

Useful Resources 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 3 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.
  • A Guide to the HEE/NIHR ICA Programme provides comprehensive information regarding all elements of the ICA Programme, its management and additional resources available to support applicants.
  • The ICA Webinar presents the ICA Programme to prospective applicants and provides tips for those developing proposals.
  • 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.
  • Further information regarding the NIHR SAF and the two stage application process is available the Information for Prospective Applicants section of the NIHR website.
  • 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 Review Panel.

For Further Information

Call: 0113 532 8401

Email:, With the subject ICA

Being a Senior Clinical Lecturer

Healthcare Scientist and Fertility Centre Science Lead Jackson Kirkman-Brown MBE, is leading a research project intro the role of the human sperm in healthy live birth. He explains how the Health Education England/National Institute for Health Research Senior Clinical Lectureship has allowed him to stay clinically active whilst having the opportunity to lead on research that has a significant impact on those struggling to start a family.