The NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for Transdisciplinary Fellowships in public health research.
This is the first call for applications to our new Transdisciplinary Fellowship (TDF) scheme. These fellowships will provide people currently working in fields from which public health researchers are not traditionally drawn, such as engineering, architecture, public policy, arts and humanities or data science, but who would like to move into public health research and undertake a fellowship in the NIHR School for Public Health Research. The TDFs will be available for up to 24 months based at one of our member institutions, offering those appointed the opportunity to consolidate and build their CV and to prepare funding applications to secure future funding (e.g., an NIHR fellowship). We expect to award up to three fellowships.
The NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice by bringing together England’s leading public health research expertise in one virtual organisation. The School conducts applied public health research to increase the volume and quality evidence on cost-effective interventions and supports local public health practitioners and policy makers to engage with research and seek out research evidence to inform their decisions.
Fellowships will be aligned to the SPHR research programmes:
- Health inequalities
- Public mental health
- Healthy places, healthy planet
- Children, young people & families
Equality, diversity and inclusion are a priority in the NIHR SPHR. We feel strongly that a diverse community of researchers in public health is needed to meet the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the public to improve public health and reduce health inequalities. No one should face barriers when applying for a fellowship at NIHR SPHR, and we are keen to make sure the application process is fair and accessible to everyone. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 11th March.
Who can apply for these fellowships?
These fellowships are aimed at people working outside of public health research but in a relevant field (e.g., engineering, architecture, law, public policy, data science). Public health research is transdisciplinary and intersects with many areas of society. Successful applicants will have a strong research track record in their base discipline, which must have relevance to public health. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of research outputs in a form relevant to their field and demonstrate the impact of this work.
Who is not eligible to apply?
Individuals who are working in a discipline that is traditionally recognised as a route into public health research. This includes epidemiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, health economics, medical statistics, nursing, dentistry and professions allied to medicine such as physiotherapy and nutrition. If you are not sure if you are eligible to apply, please contact email@example.com.
Am I eligible to apply even if my academic background is not from a discipline traditionally related to public health research but I have some work experience in a public health related field?
If you are in this position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss eligibility.
How do I apply?
Applications for placements will close noon Monday 11th March. To apply, see the boxes below.
What type of research will I be doing?
Candidates will have the opportunity to work with SPHR researchers to develop and shape projects to align the knowledge and expertise of the candidate with ongoing research in the School. In the meantime, find out more about our 2022–2027 research programmes.
Will these fellowships be available next year as well?
There are no further rounds planned currently.
I already have a Masters, do I need to do another Masters?
Yes, the TDF is expected to complete a Public Health Masters at the host Member institution and is required to complete their Masters project on a topic that aligns with the SPHR research programmes.
Are these fellowships open to international applicants?
The fellowships are open to UK citizens and those with confirmed right to work in the UK. 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
We will publish more FAQs and answers here as we receive them.
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