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NIHR School for Public Health Research Fellowships

We are now accepting applications for our fellowships in public health research at pre- and post-doctoral level. 

Public health research is entering a phase of transformation following the publication of the Academy of Medical Sciences report ‘Health of the Public 2040’. There is a drive to build on existing strengths to make the UK the world leader in public health prevention research, and to meet the substantial public health challenges we face. We want to see more research that is useful, timely and accessible to those responsible for delivering policies and services that ultimately protect and improve the health of the population. We need research that helps answer the most important questions facing policy makers, Local Authorities and service providers. To do this we need to inspire the next generation of academics into public health research with the option to combine academic research with practice as a career pathway.

At this exciting time we are offering up to 16 pre- and post-doctoral fellowships across the eight leading academic centres aligned to the SPHR research programmes and cross cutting themes. The Fellowships will normally be taken up between January and March 2020 and applications are welcome from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in public health research.

The NIHR SPHR pre-doctoral Fellowships in Public Health Research are open to individuals with a Master’s degree, for up to 24 months offering those appointed the opportunity to consolidate and build their CV and prepare an application to undertake a PhD in public health. We are also keen to encourage applicants who may also have worked or be working within public health practice but wish to pursue an academic or practice academic career. To access the full advert and application form please see this PDF or HTML format.

The NIHR SPHR post-doctoral Launching Fellowships in Public Health Research are open to individuals with a PhD, for up to 24 months offering those appointed the opportunity to consolidate and build their CV and prepare funding applications to secure future funding (e.g. NIHR Advanced Fellowship). To access the full advert and application form please see this PDF or HTML format.

The closing date for applications to both schemes is 4pm Friday 20th September 2019.

Frequently asked questions:

Q1.   Is there a word version of the online form so that applicants can see the whole form before completing it?
A1.   Please find a pdf of the pre-doctoral fellowship application form here and the post-doctoral launching fellowship application form here.  Please note – you must submit your application using the online form.  Applications submitted by other means will not be considered. 

Q2. The fellowships are open to UK/EU citizens and those with confirmed right to work in the UK.  How can I check if I have the right to work in the UK?
A2. You can check if you have the right to work in the UK on the UK Government website here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

Q3. I am registered for a PhD by publication, am I eligible for the pre-doctoral fellowship scheme? / Can I apply for a pre-doctoral fellowship in order to register to complete my PhD by publication?
A3. If you are registered for a PhD, you are not eligible to apply for a pre-doctoral fellowship. / The pre-doctoral fellowships are not PhD studentships and they are not a route to obtaining a PhD by publication.  Accepting applications from those already registered (or planning to register) to undertake a PhD would not be in the spirit of the pre-doctoral fellowship scheme.

We will publish more FAQs and answers here as we receive them.

If you have a question that is not answered in the advert, the application form or in the FAQs, please email it to sphr.training@ncl.ac.uk.

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