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PhD funding call

NIHR ARC East Midlands is pleased to announce funding for a PhD studentship to conduct original empirical applied research aligned to our varied work programme. 

NIHR ARC EM is an applied research centre working across the East Midlands. Our research aims to improve outcomes for patients and the public and to increase the efficiency, quality, accessibility and sustainability of health and care services.

The proposed PhD should complement the ARC EM’s existing portfolio of work and its stated organisational aim. Work should also directly address the 2023 Department of Health and Social Care’s Areas of Research Interest, and link to the NHS long term plan and to Build Back Better.

It is recommended that you contact ARC EM’s Training Lead, Dr Emma Rowley (, to discuss your ideas prior to submitting your application, as the ARC does not support all areas of applied health and social care research. Please note, this inbox will not be accessed 31st March – 18th April 2023.

For full-time students, we will award a tax-free stipend at the standard UKR&I rates for UK Home students. In 2023/24, we expect this will be up to £18,022 per annum (please note, UKR&I have not yet announced the 2023/24 levels so this amount may change), and up to a maximum of £4,682 towards registration fees which will be received by the university hosting the PhD. Part-time awards will be 50% pro rata these amounts and will be spread over 6 years.

Applicants must provide proof of university offer (place on PhD programme) at point of application – without this, applications will not be shortlisted.

International students are eligible to apply, but need to provide written evidence of how the shortfall in funding will be covered at the time of application (noting the stipend offered cannot be used to cover international postgraduate fees).

How to apply

Applications should be emailed to  

Applications should be received by 23.59pm on 01.05.2023. Applications received after this date/time will not be accepted.

Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to the next stage of the recruitment process, and should make themselves available to be interviewed.

Interviews will take place online week commencing 5th June 2023, via Microsoft Teams. Interviewees will be expected to give a short (5 minute) presentation of their PhD proposal to a panel of senior academics.

The successful applicant is required to register for and commence their PhD at a university based in the East Midlands by October 2023.

Published on: 31 Jan 2023