NIHR Doctoral Fellowship

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship funds individuals from a range of health and social care professions to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.

The Fellowship funds:

  • full salary support, including protected time to concentrate on research
  • PhD fees and research costs
  • a bespoke training and development programme to meet individual needs

Applicants from clinical or social care practice are able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the Fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.

Full details of the remit of research funded by the NIHR and eligibility criteria can be found in the guidance notes.


We are aware that many will find submitting an application for a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship during this time quite challenging; so to simplify the application process, we have extended the closing date for applications by two months. We’ve also removed the requirement for participants, signatories and the host organisation statement at application stage.

Charity partnerships

The NIHR Academy is offering jointly funded NIHR Charity Partnership Fellowships for this Round with the following charities:
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust

The guidance notes provide specific eligibility criteria and contact details for each charity, and applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant charity partner to discuss their research area of interest before applying.

Industry partnership

The NIHR Academy is also offering a jointly funded NIHR Industry Partnership Fellowship for this Round by partnering with Pfizer. Full details are available in the guidance notes.


For help with your application contact or call 0113 532 8410
For more information about the funding Programme, visit the Fellowship Programme Page


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