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Closing date: 10 December 2021

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Chair - NIHR Academy Selection Committees

The NIHR Academy works to develop a highly-skilled academic research workforce capable of advancing the best research, which improves health and benefits society and the economy. To support this, the Academy manages a wide range of training and career development awards available at different academic levels, and accessible by different professional backgrounds.

Applications for NIHR training and career development awards are reviewed by scheme-specific Selection Committees, primarily comprised of academic experts from a variety of professional backgrounds and with differing fields of academic expertise and including PPI members.

Each Committee is chaired by a senior academic who supports the delivery of the respective scheme competitions, chairs meetings of the scheme Committees, and works with the Academy to develop schemes ensuring they remain relevant and achieve their aims and objectives.

NIHR Academy Chair opportunities

We currently have opportunities to apply for the role of Chair of the following NIHR Academy Selection Committees:

The roles are supported by the NIHR Academy Executive and a £7,500 honorarium to be paid annually to the employing institution of the successful applicant.

The tenure is three years from appointment, with the potential to extend the tenure to a maximum five year term. 

Please read the NIHR Academy Selection Committee Chair Role Description for more information. 


Informal enquiries regarding the role can be discussed with:

Nicola Melody, Assistant Director of the Personal Awards Team (NIHR Fellowships Programme Chairs and Research Professorship Chairs)
Tel: 0113 532 8427

James Fenton, Assistant Director of the Integrated Pathways Team (ICA Programme Chairs)
Tel: 0113 5328391

General application questions should be directed to

Application process

Applications should be submitted in the form of a CV together with a supporting statement of suitability to, titled NIHR Selection Committee Chair application.

Please specify the Selection Committee(s) that you are applying to Chair in the body of your email. Supporting statements should be no longer than one side of A4.

Agreement in principle from your host institution should be in place at the time of application.

NIHR Academy will issue a letter of appointment to a successful candidate and pay £7,500 honorarium p.a. to the successful applicants employing institution.

The closing date for application submissions is 12pm 10 December 2021. Interviews will be held via Zoom in January 2022.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

NIHR and DHSC have a duty as a public body to promote equality of opportunity. All applicants will be contacted shortly after the closure date by NIHR to undertake equality monitoring. Equality monitoring ensures that all applications to NIHR roles are treated equally in terms of gender, ethnicity and/or disability. The information you share with the monitoring system:

  • will be stored separately from your application
  • only be used for the purpose of monitoring equal opportunities
  • be kept securely and in confidence

Privacy notice

Our purpose for collecting information is to have the necessary information to assess your suitability for the advertised post and to communicate with you about your application. The data we collect here is collected in the public interest. Information provided here may be subject to Freedom of Information requests.

The NIHR Academy Executive is part of the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The contracting agent for NIHR Academy Executive is the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT). The DHSC is the Data Controller and LTHT is the Data Processor under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EC 2016/679. DHSC NIHR respects the privacy of individuals who share their data and processes it in a manner that meets the requirements of GDPR. The DHSC Data Protection Officer can be contacted by email at

The NIHR privacy policy includes further information including ways we may use your data, our contact details and details on your individual rights regarding how your data is used. Your data will be shared with DHSC for assessment purposes and with LTHT for contract management purposes only and will at that point be subject to LTHT's Privacy Policy which is attached.

Information collected from you will not be shared outside the EEA without your consent. This notice is under constant review and will be updated and / or revised based on that review as appropriate.