HSCNI Doctoral Fellowship Award Open for Applications

Doctoral fellowships to support individuals employed by Health and Social Care Northern Ireland, or working in health and social care in Northern Ireland, to undertake doctoral training leading to a PhD.

The Health & Social Care Research & Development Division (HSC R&D Division) of the Public Health Agency funds the Doctoral Fellowship Awards to enable individuals employed in health or social care provision in Northern Ireland to undertake a research training programme, leading to award of a PhD, in support of developing a research career relevant to health and social care.

The award remit covers all areas of health and social care and offers funding of up to £250,000 over three years (or up to six years part-time, pro rata) to fund salary costs, university tuition fees and research and training expenses.

Application is open to individuals employed in or by Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI); employees of voluntary/not-for-profit organisations in Northern Ireland involved in health or social care provision; independent contractors involved in health or social care provision (eg GPs); and individuals employed by a recognised HSCNI training agency. This includes suitably qualified allied health professionals, dentists, health and social care managers, medical staff, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, social workers, healthcare scientists and other independent contractors.

The applicant must be accepted for a higher research degree by an academic institution in Northern Ireland before starting their research programme. Applicants must intend to pursue a long-term career in HSC R&D and be able to demonstrate their commitment to research.

Applications for the 2022/23 application round, for awards to commence between April and December 2023, should be submitted by the deadline on 14 October 2022 (2pm).

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)