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PhD funding call

NIHR ARC East Midlands is pleased to announce an open, competitive call for PhD funding. 

We are a research centre covering the East Midlands region, focused on making health and social care better for patients and the public. Our goal is to improve how health and care services work, making them more efficient, higher in quality, accessible, and sustainable.

Proposed PhDs should complement the ARC’s portfolio of applied research and address our local (5) Integrated Care System’s research priorities and/or the NHS Core 20+5 improvement approach.

It is recommended that you contact the ARC’s Academic Career Development 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.

Successful applicants will be required to study for their PhD at one of the East Midlands’ eight universities (Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, de Montfort, Lincoln, Derby, Northampton or Loughborough).

Studentships will be offered at standard UKR&I studentship for Home (UK) students. We expect this to be approximately £19,500 per annum (stipend) and £4,950 per annum (university fees), plus up to £3,000 (total) for research costs.

International students may apply, but will need to provide written evidence on how the shortfall in funding will be covered at the time of application (and cannot be by using the stipend). Awards will be made for 3 years (full time registration) or 6 years (part time status).

Up to 3 full-time awards are available, to commence in Autumn 2024. 

How to apply 

Applications (see link below) should be emailed to by 23.59pm on 28/04/24. Applications received after this will not be accepted.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview held on 4th or 6th June 2024 (to be held via Microsoft Teams).

For further information, please refer to the application form, and then email

Other PhD opportunities 

PhD studentship on acquired brain injury in childhood

ARC East Midlands is co-funding a PhD studentship based at the University of Nottingham, in partnership with the Eveline Walker Legacy and the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. This project looks at acquired brain injury in childhood, utilising innovative data science methodologies. Available from October 2024 for three years (full time study) or up to six years (if part time study).

Learn more:

PhD studentship on dementia research

An open, competitive call for a PhD studentship in dementia research. The proposed PhD should be for applied research, and focus on either young onset dementia, access to care and/or technology. It should complement the ARC’s existing portfolio of applied Dementia research and ideally, address our local (5) Integrated Care System’s research priorities. One award is available, to commence in Autumn 2024. 

Learn more:

Published on: 15 Jan 2024