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Which research training award?

NIHR research training awards are available at different levels and for different professional backgrounds. Those completing a training award become Members of NIHR Academy.

All research funded by the NIHR as part of a training award must fall within the NIHR Academy’s remit for personal awards.

Find out more about:

AwardFellowships ProgrammeIntegrated Clinical Practitioner Academic ProgrammeIntegrated Academic Training ProgrammeLocal Authority Academic Fellowship Programme
Description Develop as health or social care researcher with flexibility for clinical time Combine research with continued clinical practice and development Develop a career in research alongside clinical training Undertake research and training whilst continuing to practise
Eligibility All professions Health and social care professionals, excluding doctors and dentists Doctors and Dentists Professionals in local authority settings
Pre-doctoral Pre-doctoral Fellowship Pre-doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship Academic Clinical Fellowship or In-Practice Fellowship Pre-Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship
Doctoral Doctoral Fellowship Doctoral  Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship Not applicable Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship
Post-doctoral Development and skills enhancement award or Advanced Fellowship Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship Clinical Lectureship Advanced Local Authority Fellowship


The NIHR Research Professorships scheme is for those with an outstanding record of clinical and applied research that has improved health and care. It is open to:

  • all professions
  • all Higher Education Institutions (HEI), NHS organisations, or other providers of health, public health and/or care services based in England.

Find out more about Research Professorships.

Infrastructure and Schools

Infrastructure and Schools offer a number of career development opportunities and further information can be found on their websites.

NIHR Academy Members based within their programmes can access:

  • The Short Placement Awards for Research Collaboration
  • Visiting Speaker Award

Find out more about academic career development in Infrastructure and Schools.