NIHR training and career development
Contact us if you are interested in finding out if you are eligible or want to apply for an NIHR Fellowship. We can advise you on the different research training and fellowship schemes offered by the NIHR and other national peer-reviewed schemes such as the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Wellcome.
Advice on applying for an NIHR Fellowship
We focus our advice for people applying for an NIIHR fellowship into five areas that link to the:
- person: relevant expertise and experience
- project: is it worthwhile, coherent, detailed
- place: is the host the most appropriate place
- training: tailored to the needs of the individual applicant
- supervision: accessible and relevant
We are not able to provide supervision or mentorship. However we encourage you to invite your supervisors along to some of your early meetings with RDS advisers to make sure that you get consistent advice.
We can help you to look at all aspects of your research, including contributing to mock interviews with our public involvement forum, if necessary. We will also signpost you to relevant local and national NIHR organisations.
NIHR Academy offers training awards to researchers whose work focuses on people and patient-based applied health research.
“Whilst working as an NIHR academic clinical fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neurosciences I was exploring the improvement in the services we provide patients with motor neurone disease. … Following this we developed a telehealth system which could support patients in their own home. I applied for an NIHR doctoral research fellowship to evaluate the system. The RDS reviewed the plan and suggested important amendments that would enable the study to be feasible and also to better explore both the intervention and the methodology. As a result of this advice I was successful in gaining a doctoral fellowship.”