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NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands – PhD Studentships (2018)

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands is offering studentship funding for three PhDs in applied healthcare. 

  • PhDs must align to the CLAHRC’s objectives  
  • PhDs must demonstrate how they will add value to NHS provider organisations.

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 beforemaking 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. 

Supervisory teams (minimum of two academics) should be identified by applicants prior to submission. Academic supervisors should have links to the CLAHRC, or should apply to become a faculty member prior to your application being submitted.  

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


Each studentship comes with a yearly stipend at current RCUK rates (£14,777) plus Home/EU tuition fees (£4,260). Full time (3 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 and by whom.

Applying for the PhDs

  • Applicants should have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, a good knowledge of healthcare and an interest in applied, healthcare improvement research; 
  • Applicants with a Masters degree are especially welcomed to apply; 
  • Home/EU candidates only due to funding restrictions;
  • Available from September 2018 for three years (full time study) or up to six years (if part time study). 

To apply, applicants should send the following information to

  • personal statementdemonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research, and which University you wish to study at;
  • research proposal(maximum of 2000 words) that explicitly addresses the work you would carry out, detailing how it is linked to the CLAHRC’s objectives, and how the research will add value to the NHS. Names and contact details of proposed supervisors should also be included;
  • A current CV(2 pages maximum);
  • Two full references– notcontact details (references can be sent separately, directly to Alice Phillips, if wished);
  • Confirmation from an East Midlands University that they have agreed to host your PhDif you are awarded a studentship; 
  • PDF Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts, and if appropriate, professional registration details;
  • 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;

Please quote ref: CLAHRC PhD 2018. 

Closing date: 23.59pm (BST) on 10thJune 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications not including any of the above information will not be shortlisted.  

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews, which will be held in Nottingham on 12th July 2018. 

All enquiries relating to the PhDs should be directed to our Training Lead, Dr Emma Rowley:


Published on: 18 Apr 2018