Fellowship funding

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NIHR Academy

The NIHR now offer an annual Fellowship Programme for health care professionals including, nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and doctors.  The new programme provides greater flexibility and expanded eligibility. 

NIHR Fellowships have been designed to support people at various points of their development to become leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research. Four different types of Fellowship are available:

Advanced Fellowship 

Launch dates: April, October annually.

The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. The fellowship is between 2 and 5 years and can be completed on full-time or part-time basis. Between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE).

Advanced Fellowships will be available with a ‘clinical academic’ option whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request up to 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development which would be covered by the Fellowship.

Find out more about the Advanced Fellowship and apply

Doctoral Fellowship  

Launch dates: April, October annually.

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three-year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. This Fellowship may also be taken up on a part-time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE). Clinical applicants are able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the Fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.>

Find out more about the Doctoral Fellowship and apply

Development and Skills Enhancement Award - Round 9 now open

This post-doctoral award is for NIHR Academy members who have recently completed or will soon complete an existing award and its purpose is to support individuals to gain specific skills and experience for the next phase of their research career and to make them more competitive in the next funding application.

Find out more and how to apply.

The award will cover salary for the duration of the award, in addition to training and development costs up to £5,000, conference costs up to £1,000 and mentorship costs up to £1,000. Full Economic Cost will not be covered for this level of award.

The award can be used to build a bespoke training programme to develop skills and experience in any academic area of expertise. However, the NIHR is particularly keen to see applications from people wishing to develop skills in:

  • health data science
  • clinical trials
  • entrepreneurship and working with industry

Applications will close on Thursday 31 March at 1pm and the Award will be available to start from 01 August 2022 to 01 November 2022

For tips for applying for the DSE Award watch the recorded webinar.

Find out more about the Development and Skills Enhancement Award and apply

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 

Launch dates: Late January / February annually.

NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health research methodology, specifically in one of the following areas:

  • Medical statistics
  • Health economics
  • Clinical trial design
  • Operational research
  • Modelling
  • Bioinformatics
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods

It can be undertaken full-time over 24 months or on a part-time basis of between 50 and 100% Whole Time Equivalent.

Applicants without a masters degree should use the Fellowship to undertake a masters degree in one of the areas listed. Those already holding a relevant masters degree (or currently completing one) should use the Fellowship to gain additional support and training to advance to the next level of their career.

Read the NIHR Pre-doctoral Fellowship guidance notes

Applications to the Pre-doctoral Fellowship scheme are reviewed by the Pre-doctoral Selection Committee.

Find out more about the Pre-doctoral Fellowship and apply

Applicants from The Royal Marsden who wish to apply for any of these fellowships should contact David Lowery and [email protected]

Medical Research Council Fellowships

MRC Career Development Award (CDA): Transition to independence

The CDA supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.

Find out more about the MRC CDA and apply