Senior Clinical Lectureship

The Senior Clinical Lectureship (SCL) scheme supports non-medical clinical academics who are starting to establish themselves as independent clinical researchers, or who are already established as independent clinical researchers but are not yet recognised as  leaders in their field.

Senior Clinical Lecturers hold a 50/50 clinical academic role and have the time and support to develop the specific skill sets required to achieve credibility as leaders in their field of research whilst also increasing their influence in clinical practice and policy.

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.

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.

Round 6 Senior Clinical Lectureship call for applications:  anticipated March 2020


Are you eligible?

  • 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.

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 4 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" web page.
  • 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

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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.