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New NIHR fellowships for Local Authority and LA commissioned service staff

20th November 2020

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is currently developing some new fully-funded fellowship opportunities that it plans to make available from early next year. These new fellowships will only be available to individuals based within local authorities and LA commissioned services.

These two pilot schemes are being designed to support individuals based in local authorities or local authority commissioned services to develop as health and/or social care researchers.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Local Authority and LA Commissioned Service Based Individuals

The scheme will fund individuals of any profession to undertake Masters level academic training and prepare an application for a doctoral fellowship whilst retaining their existing employment and practice.

Indicative timescales

  • Application forms available: 28 January 2021
  • Deadline for application submission: 18 March 2021
  • Award uptake by successful applicants: from 1 September 2021

Doctoral Fellowships for Local Authority and LA Commissioned Service Based Individuals

The scheme will fund individuals of any profession to obtain a PhD by research whilst concurrently developing their professional skills within their existing employment.

Indicative timescales

  • Application forms available: 1 March 2021
  • Deadline for application submission: Late April 2021
  • Award uptake by successful applicants: From 1 April 2022