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Non-medical clinical academic training opportunities (formerly "Clinical Scholars")

Helping you on your journey to become a Clinical Academic

The University of Nottingham has been awarded the tender to run the Pre-Doctoral (formerly "Silver Awards") and the Post-Doctoral (formerly "Gold Awards") Bridging Programmes in the East Midlands for the next 3 years. Sucessful applicants will be known as "Fellows".

The University of Lincoln will continue to manage the Internship programme (formerly "Bronze Awards"). Sucessful applicants will be known as "Scholars".

Applications for HEE/NIHR 2020-2021 programme is NOW OPEN

Health Education England (HEE)/NIHR is excited to offer five places to the East Midlands for the newly named Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme (formerly Silver Scholar Award) 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. 

If you would like to be added to our contact list please email patricia.dziunka@nottingham.ac.uk


Who should apply?

Applications are invited from clinicians in the East Midlands area 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 Internship Programme (formerly Bronze Award) managed by University of Lincoln. See https://mhredtest.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/ for further details

Why apply?

As a Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme Fellow 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 Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme Fellow 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.  


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.


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) Pre and Post- Doctoral Bridging Programmes and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research, 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.

If you work in the East of England, the University of East Anglia hosts these awards for further details email HEE.bridging@uea.ac.uk or visit there website https://www.claceast.net/   specifically this page within it: https://www.claceast.net/home/for-nurses-midwifes-and-allied-health-professionals/hee-bridging-programme-for-east-of-england





HEE/NIHR Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme

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

tel: +44 (0) 115 82 30244
email: patricia.dziunka@nottingham.ac.uk