quote HEE facebook linkedin twitter bracketDetail search file-download keyboard-arrow-down keyboard-arrow-right close event-note

The Silver Scientist Award

Health Education England, working across the East Midlands launched the Silver Scientist award in 2016 to support clinical scientists to develop their career. The award - tailored specifically for clinical scientists - provides individuals with a 30-day bespoke programme of development to support an application to the Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) programme. This supports their development along the Modernising Scientific Careers pathway in becoming healthcare science leaders of the future.

The Silver Scientist award is available to clinical scientists working within Life Sciences, Physiological Sciences, Clinical Engineering and Medical Physics and Bioinformatics professions, who are currently registered and have a strong interest and suitability for a Consultant Scientist career. Applicants should have a Masters level qualification or equivalent in their area of scientific specialism.

The award runs for a duration of 30 days over a 6 month period. Funding will be available to the successful applicants’ organisation to facilitate this.


It is anticipated that upon completion successful candidates will have:

  • produced a fully worked up application to the HSST

  • produced an academic research proposal related to their field of expertise

  • produced a presentation of their research proposal to an invited audience

  • successfully completed  a mock interview with an action plan for any areas for improvement

  • successfully completed up to 10 placement days

  • received mentorship from a senior member of staff working within their field of expertise


The 2016/17 intake


Please note the 2016/17 intake has now closed. However, guidance notes and an application form can be found at bottom of this page for information.

For enquiries please contact Holly Hamer, Project Officer, via hh216@leicester.ac.uk, or telephone 0116 252 2830.

Further information on the HSST can be found at: http://www.nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/join-the-programme/nhs-higher-specialist-scientific-training

If you found this content useful you can share it on your favourite social network:

Or just grab the url to share wherever you like: