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HEE Clinical Scholar Silver Awards

Helping you on your journey to become a Clinical Scholar


Congratulations to Purba Bhattacharjee, Katie Fielding, Katie Gray, Victoria Jansen, Rachel Keetley, Nick Firth, Sian Wood, recipients of the 2017/18 Silver Scholar Awards.


Applications for HEE/NIHR 2018-19 awards are now open to clinical academics in the East Midlands and East of England!

Health Education England (HEE)/NIHR are excited to offer up to 5 East Midlands and 6 East of England places to join the Clinical Scholar Silver Award in 2018/19 for NHS Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Chiropractors, Clinical Psychologists, Healthcare Scientists, Health Visitors, Operating Department Practitioners, Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians, Osteopaths, Pharmacy Professions, Non-Medical Public Health Specialty Trainees, Specialists and Consultants and Wider Dental Team Professions, registered in the East Midlands and the East of England, to join the final Clinical Scholar Silver Awards 2018-19. This is the last opportunity to apply for these awards which are being replaced with the HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships scheme.

Award overview

Eligible professions and regulators


Videos: Researchers' stories

Lisa is an occupational therapist was a Health Education England (East Midlands) Clinical Academic Bronze award holder who has gone on to secure her PhD studies at the University of Nottingham.

Victoria, occupational therapist

Claire, oncology nurse

Alison, physiotherapist

Ben, physiotherapist


Who should apply?

Applications are invited from clinicians in the East Midlands area (Lincoln, Leicester, Northampton, Derby and Nottingham) and East of England (Bedford, Cambridge, Chemlsford, Ipswich, Luton, Norwich and Peterborough) who have completed a master degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification and are looking to further develop their clinical academic. 

This programme will provide the opportunity to prepare a PhD proposal in order to take the next step on the individuals’ clinical academic career journey.

(Those without a masters degree might be interested in the Bronze Award, managed by Lincoln University.)   

Why apply?

As a Clinical Scholar Silver Award holder, you will:

  • Be taken through an individualised, structured development plan based on a training needs assessment
  • Enhance your ability to compete successfully for the next stage of the Clinical Academic Pathway, such as a PhD

Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research (CDT RHR)

As a Silver Scholar at Nottingham, you will be working alongside our clinical PhD students in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research (CDT-RHR) and mentored by leading academics in East Midlands to develop your PhD proposal and apply for PhD funding.  


Aspiring Clinical Academics

The University of Nottingham is pleased to host a comprehensive Clinical Academic Training Pathway for non-medical health care professionals hoping to pursue a clinical academic career – no matter what stage in your career!

We host the Health Education England (East Midlands) Clinical Scholar Silver awards and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research and together with CLAHRC-EM host the Gold awards and we can support you in applying for HEE/NIHR pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and career development fellowships.

To discuss these opportunities please email kate.radford@nottingham.ac.uk or claire.diver@nottingham.ac.uk, or visit the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research.





HEE/NIHR Clinical Scholar Silver Awards

Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
B114, Medical School, QMC
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

tel: +44 (0) 115 82 30944
email: patricia.dziunka@nottingham.ac.uk