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PhD funding call: part-funded studentships available

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

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.

Proposed PhDs should complement the ARC’s portfolio of applied research, and also directly address the NHS long-term plan and Build Back Better.

It is recommended that you contact the ARC’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.

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. International students are eligible to apply, but will need to provide written evidence on how the shortfall in funding will be covered at the time of application. Awards will be made for 3 years (full time registration) or 6 years (part time status).

Up to 4 part-funded studentships are available. 

ARC will provide up to £31,247 towards a standard UKR&I studentship for Home (UK) students, with the requirement that the amount is at least matched, if not exceeded by a University, health and social care organisation or charity (or other funding source as appropriate). Please note, there are no research, dissemination, training or travel costs included in this funding – and so these should be accounted for elsewhere. For full time students, in 2022/23, ARC expects to award in the region of £7925 per annum (50% tax free stipend received by the student) and up to £2300 per annum (50% fees payment, received by the university). Part-time awards will be pro rata these amounts.

How to apply

Applications (see link below) should be emailed to by 23.59pm on 19/04/22. Applications received after this will not be accepted.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview held between 16-25/05/2022 (to be held via Microsoft Teams).

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

Published on: 20 Jan 2022