HEE Clinical Scholar
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About the Silver Awards 


Clinical Scholar Silver Awards and Internships form part of the HEE/NIHR programme (ICA Pathway).

The ICA Pathway provides opportunities to grow talented clinical researchers who will lead and further invigorate Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Health Visiting, Pharmacy, Wider Dental Team, Operating Department Practice and Clinical Psychology Professionals’ capacity to meet the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda.





Each Clinical Scholar will have a research Mentor who will:

  • Be a formally qualified researcher, minimum PhD qualification
  • Commit to mentoring and line management for the duration of the project
  • Facilitate high quality learning opportunities for the Clinical Scholar
  • Facilitate access to research professionals as determined by the development needs of the Clinical Scholar
  • Sign off the final PhD proposal by the Clinical Scholar

We invite potential Mentors from across all disciplines to apply for the scheme. All Mentors assigned to Clinical Scholars should have the skills to provide hands on support, mentorship and be able to act as a role model to the Clinical Scholars. Mentors can apply using the downloadable form on the ‘Application Forms’ page.

Clinical Scholar applicants can nominate a Mentor provided they meet the criteria above and complete a Mentor application form. Alternatively Clinical Scholars will be appropriately assigned a mentor from a pool of qualified and experienced academics.


A single payment grant of £7500 can be offered to the Clinical Scholar’s organisation to facilitate release from their duties. This grant will include:

  • Salary support and incidental costs for the Clinical Scholar
  • Travel expenses
  • Costs reasonably incurred by the employing organisation in covering their duties
  • Any external training or development opportunities for the Clinical Scholar

We are aware that in some circumstances this funding will not be enough to cover expenses and additional costs incurred as well as salary support. In these circumstances it is the responsibility of the employer to manage the amount that can be spent to mitigate any financial risk incurred.




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