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Fellowship Awards

HSC R&D Division offers a range of research training fellowship awards at different levels

HSC Doctoral Fellowship Award Fellowship Awards (NIHR) ICAT Fellowship Award
Doctoral level
Doctoral Level
Advanced level
Doctoral level
for medical graduates integrated with postgraduate medical training


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HSC R&D Division Doctoral Fellowship Award

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 scheme is open to individuals employed* 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 the 2019 call can be downloaded below. The latest scheme closed on 19 October 2018.

>>Guidance notes 2019

>>Application form 2019


* 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.



NIHR Fellowship Award Scheme

HSC R&D Division supports applications to a number of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship award schemes. Applications to the scheme are managed by the National Institute of Health Research Academy.  The scheme is open to applicants from Northern Ireland. Awards made to NI applicants are subsequently funded and managed by HSC R&D Division.

Fellowships included are:

  • Doctoral Research Fellowships   
  • Advanced Fellowships 

Key dates for Round 2

·        Stage 1 Opens: 2 April 2019 (Doctoral and Advanced)

·        Stage 1 Closes: 4 June 2019 (Advanced) and 18 June 2019 (Doctoral)

·        Stage 2 Opens: Early November 2019 (Advanced) and w/c 30 September 2019 (Doctoral)

·        Stage 2 Closes: 3 December 2019 (Advanced) and 22 October 2019 (Doctoral)

·        Interviews: w/c 20 January 2020 (Advanced) and 26-27 November 2019 (Doctoral)

The new NIHR Fellowships support individuals with the potential and on a trajectory to become future leaders in NIHR research.  The Fellowships provide funding primarily for salaries with a contribution towards research costs. 

Potential applicants from Northern Ireland must contact HSC R&D Division to discuss their intentions and seek advice prior to completing an application for this programme. The declaration for applicants from Northern Ireland must be completed by an authorised representative of HSC R&D Division. Applications from Northern Ireland received without this declaration completed will be considered ineligible. For more information please contact HSC R&D Division Tel: 028 95363490 email Naomh Gallagher (Programme Manager, HSC R&D Division)

Application packs and further information are available on the following web site:



Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) PhD Fellowships

The Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme seeks to appoint 8 qualified and ambitious medical graduates who aspire to become the next generation of clinical academic leaders.

ICAT is an all-Ireland clinician PhD programme funded by Wellcome and the Health Research Board, Health Service Executive (HSE) National Doctors Training and Planning, HSC R&D Division, and six Universities: Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Cork (UCC).

Integrated with postgraduate medical training, ICAT will support 4 years of academic training at the beginning of higher specialist training (HST) or equivalent, with clinical and academic mentoring until completion of PhD and CCST/CCT. At its core is an integrated programme spanning 6-7 years of seamless, supported and mentored academic and clinical training targeting future academic leaders.

This opportunity is open to medical graduates in Northern Ireland. (The 2017 call was year two of a five year programme, which seeks to appoint eight graduates each year)

To talk to someone about this funding opportunity please contact Naomh Gallagher (Programme Manager, HSC R&D Division)
For more information and to apply go to:
The programme is coordinated by Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI).