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Health & Social Care R&D Doctoral Fellowship Award Scheme

HSC R&D Division is committed to supporting research training to increase research and development capacity and build an evaluative evidence-based culture in Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland (HSC).

In response, HSC R&D Division offers funding for Doctoral Fellowship Awards. These awards are intended to enable individuals to develop a research career within the HSC by undertaking research training leading to a PhD.

The 2017 Doctoral Fellowship Scheme is CLOSED

The scheme is open to individuals employed[1] in the HSC or in a voluntary/not-for-profit organisation in Northern Ireland, involved in health or social care provision. Those who may apply include allied health professionals, dentists, health and social care managers, healthcare scientists, medical staff, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, social workers and other independent contractors. Awardees will continue to be employed within the HSC or a voluntary/not-for-profit organisation for the duration of the Fellowship.

The remit for applications includes all areas of health and social care.

Doctoral Fellowship Awards are available for a maximum of 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. An award will provide support for the applicant’s salary costs, tuition fees, research expenses and conference travel.

Potential applicants are advised to contact the office to discuss their application. (028 95363490)

Application forms and guidance notes from 2017 can be downloaded below.

Guidance notes 2017

Application form 2017



Applied Neuromuscular Fellowship Award jointly funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK and HSC R&D Division

A Doctoral Fellowship Award jointly funded by HSC R&D Division and Muscular Dystrophy UK has been available in 2016 & 2017 for research into muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions.

This Neuromuscular Fellowship Award is intended to encourage the development of an academic career in the field of muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions in Northern Ireland. Applications for this Fellowship will use the same application and evaluation process as the HSC R&D Doctoral Fellowships. Applicants are encouraged to refer to the McCollum Report[2] to support their research proposal. Applicants should refer to MDUK for a list of conditions that MDUK is supporting

It is expected that this Fellowship will provide opportunities for the successful candidate to visit external neuromuscular centres of excellence to gain additional skills, form important clinical links with expert colleagues, provide local evidence, and support the implementation of improved care for affected patients in Northern Ireland. We also encourage the applicant to establish collaboration with Muscle Centres of Excellence elsewhere should the project require specific knowledge and expertise that is not available in Northern Ireland. (see Guidance notes Appendix 1 for further information)



[1] Employment status should be a substantive contract with an HSC or voluntary/not-for-profit organisation. Proof of contract may be required. For Medical, Dental and GP trainees a training contract with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency is acceptable. Employees of Public Sector Bodies other than Health and Social Care (HSC) bodies are not eligible to apply under this scheme.

[2]  The McCollum Report: access to specialised neuromuscular care in Northern Ireland’, from the Northern Ireland All Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Disorders.