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PhD studentships in applied healthcare

Health Education England (HEE) East Midlands and NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands are offering up to six PhD studentships in applied healthcare. Applicants must be employed as healthcare practitioners in the East Midlands, and not working in the fields of medicine or dentistry. All PhDs must align to HEE Mandate priority areas.  

All of the PhDs must demonstrate how they will add value to NHS provider organisations.

  • Three of the  PhDs are  hosted by HEI’s within the region with a track record of NHS applied research.
  • Three of the PhDs are hosted by the CLAHRC.

Applicants must work with a University based in the East Midlands that has a successful track record of NHS applied research. This University must provide evidence that they have agreed to host the studentship. It is important that evidence of this agreement is sought before making the application, as applications will not be accepted without this.

Successful applicants will be registered and based at an East Midlands University of their choice; those awarded a CLAHRC studentship can, if they wish, also have access to a hot-desk with the CLAHRC team in either Nottingham or Leicester.

Successful applicants will be expected to visit research sites on a regular basis, and so should be able to travel freely.

Supervisory teams (comprised of two academics and one clinician) should be identified by applicants prior to submission. For the CLAHRC PhDs, at least one of the academic supervisors should have links to the CLAHRC, or should apply to become a faculty member prior to your application being submitted.


Each studentship comes with a yearly stipend at current RCUK rates (£14,296), plus Home/EU tuition fees (£4,121). Full time (three years) or part time study (up to six years, pro rata funding) is possible.

No research costs are available to cover data collection expenses. Please be mindful of this when outlining your proposed work, or explain how such costs would be covered.

It is expected that in order to bring the stipend up to NHS band 5/6 (tax free) salary equivalent, that either matched funding from the employing organisation will be offered as part of the application (and evidence of this provided in the application), or successful applicants can, in negotiation with their supervisors, work up to a maximum of 16 hours a week (if in full time study). Applicants that can offer some level of matched funding may be favoured over others.

Funding is conditional on successful Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.

Applying for the PhDs

Applicants should:

  • be employed by an NHS organisation or an organisation that provides NHS care (i.e. social enterprise) in the East Midlands as a non-medical clinical professional (for example, AHP, Nurse, Midwife or other profession)
  • have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, have good knowledge of healthcare and an interest in applied, healthcare improvement research
  • be home/EU candidates only, due to funding restrictions
  • be available from September 2016 for three years (full time study) or up to six years (if part time study).
  • Applicants with a Masters degree are especially welcomed to apply.

To apply, applicants should send the following information to Alice.Phillips@nottingham.ac.uk:

  • A personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research, which University you wish to study at, and which studentship (CLAHRC or Non CLAHRC) you wish to apply for.
  • A research proposal (maximum of 2,000 words) that explicitly addresses the work you would carry out, detailing how it is linked to the HEE Mandate, and how the research will add value to the NHS. Names and contact details of proposed supervisors should also be included.
  • A current CV (two pages maximum).
  • Two full references (one academic and one clinical) – not contact details (references can be sent separately, directly to Alice Phillips, if wished).
  • A statement of support from your employer, including details of any funding provided.
  • Evidence from an East Midlands University that they have agreed to host your PhD if you are awarded a studentship.
  • Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts, and professional registration details (sent as PDFs).
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any element, or equivalent) if your first language is not English.


Further information

Please quote ref: CLAHRC / HEE PhD 2016.

Closing date: 23.59pm (BST) on Sunday 19 June 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Applications not including any of the above information will not be shortlisted.  

Interviews will be held in Nottingham or Leicester towards the middle to end of July.

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