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Early Research Career Funding Opportunities 

If you are interested in beginning to develop a research career and you are looking for funding to enable this, there are different funding schemes that offer a range of early career development opportunities at pre-doctoral and doctoral level. 

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council early career development fellowships and schemes available are highlighted below. For details of eligibility, duration of the award and the costs included, please click on the relevant scheme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Research and innovation department has a dedicated team to support the research funding application process. Further information about where to begin with the funding application process, and study set up please contact LTHT.ResearchOffice@nhs.net

NIHR Academy

NIHR Fellowships for all
The NIHR Fellowship Programme supports individuals at different stages of their research career trajectory towards becoming future leaders in NIHR research.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
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 designs, Operational research, Modelling, Bioinformatics, Qualitative research, Mixed methods.

Open to: Individuals who fall under one of the areas indicated above.

Key information: 

Two stage process? - No

Next call - February 2020

Launch date - February annually 

Closing date - NA

Open/Closed - Closed

 

Doctoral Fellowship

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of that falls within the NIHR remit. Each round, the Doctoral Fellowship scheme also offers partnership awards with charities and highlights strategic themes and themed calls. Please see the round details for more information.

Open to: Medical, non-medical and other healthcare professionals.

Key information: 

Two stage process? - Yes

Next call - Round 4, April 2020

Launch date Stage 1 - 03rd October (and April annually) 

Closing date Stage 1 - 17th December (and June annually)

Stage 2 invitation - Early April 2020

Closing date stage 2 - 05th May 2020

Interviews: June 2020

Open/Closed - Open

HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme

The HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides research training awards for healthcare professionals (non-doctors and dentists), who wish to develop careers that combine research and leadership with continued clinical practice.

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships (PCAF) fund personalised programmes of academic training that equip awardees with the skills and experience to access doctoral-level funding, and give dedicated time to prepare an application for a competitive, peer-reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship. 

Key information: 

Open to: Other healthcare professionals (non-doctors/dentists).

Two stage process? - No

Next call - Round 3, opening February 2020

Launch date Stage 1 - February 2020

Closing date Stage 1 - Anticipated April 2020

Selection Committee meeting: Anticipated June 2020

Open/Closed - Opening next year.

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

The Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) scheme funds registered healthcare professionals to undertake a PhD by research and, concurrently, to undertake further professional development and clinical practice.

Key information: 

Open to: Other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - Yes

Next call - Anticipated to open March 2020.

Launch date Stage 1 - March 2020.

Closing date Stage 1 - Late April 2020.

Stage 2 invitation - TBC

Closing date stage 2 - Early September 2020.

Interviews: November 2020.

Open/Closed - Opening 2020.

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for doctors and dentists

The Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme specifically for doctors and dentists. The programme supports individuals to gain research experience as part of their clinical training. 

Academic Clinical Fellowship

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post that incorporates academic training.  

This post has a standard duration of 3 years (4 years for GPs). Alternatively, it  can be taken part-time and extended up to a maximum of 5 years (or 6 years for GPs), as long as the academic component remains at 25% whole time equivalent. 

You will have access to Masters-level research training to develop your academic skills and equip you to balance your clinical academic career.

Key information: 

Open to: Medical or dental qualified.

Two stage process? - Not applicable.

Launch date - The 2019 medical ACF re-advertisement round opened on 21 January 2019. 

Closing date - 31 March 2020.

The competition process - Each year NIHR allocates ACF posts to partnerships of medical/dental schools (and their partner universities), postgraduate deanery functions within the Local Offices of Health Education England (HEE), and their partner NHS organisations. A list of available posts can be found here

Open/Closed - Open.

In-Practice Fellowship

The NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) provides pre-doctoral academic training to fully-qualified general practitioners, general dental practitioners, and community dentists.

key Information: 

Open to: Medical and dental qualified.

Two stage process? - No.

Next call - Anticipated to open round 14, February/ March 2020.

Launch date Stage 1 - TBC

Closing date Stage 1 - Late April 2020.

Outcome - July 2020

Open/Closed - Opening early 2020.

Wellcome Trust

Doctoral Studentship

The Doctoral Studentship scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. Applications are considered once a year.

Key Information: 

Open to: Medical and other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - No.

Next call - Anticipated to open early 2020.

Launch date - TBC

Closing date - Anticipated to be March 2020.

Outcome - May 2020

Open/Closed - Opening early 2020.

Research Fellowships for Health Professionals

This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health. You can apply for a Research Fellowship if you're a practising health professional with some research experience. Applications are considered twice a year.

Key Information: 

Open to: Practicing healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - Yes.

Preliminary application closing date - 07th January 2020. 

Full application closing date - 18th March 2020.

Outcome: TBC.

Open/Closed - Open.

Medical Research Council

Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) Pre Doctoral

The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree. There are three rounds per year.

Open to: Clinicians, including (not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives.

Key Information: 

Two stage process? - No.

Launch date - 04th November 2019.

Closing date - 09th January 2020.

Open/Closed - Opening soon!

 

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