Who can apply
Any UK university may apply to the scheme. Each application should propose a single project. Universities may submit as many applications as they wish, but in general not more than two awards will be made to any one university.
Funding is available for three years (PhD) or four years (Masters + PhD).
THIS Institute will not be involved in the direct selection of PhD fellows. Universities who are awarded funding will be responsible for recruitment.
The PhD fellowships are intended to be held full-time, but part-time applications may be considered by universities, for example, where applicants are undergoing clinical training or other circumstances apply. Those in clinical speciality training will be responsible for making their own arrangements with the relevant deanery or Local Education and Training Board, or equivalent, where appropriate.
We do not accept direct applications from individual students wishing to pursue a PhD. We cannot accept queries from individuals wishing to purse PhD studies at Cambridge.
What we’re looking for
The selection criteria includes:
- Centre of academic excellence with a strong record of research and career development for researchers
- Extent to which the institution is undertaking multidisciplinary research that will inform the development of theory, methods and application relevant to improvement studies
- Quality of environment, including facilities, collaborative networks, and ability to work productively with the NHS
- Suitable training programmes to support the skills and expertise needed to successfully complete the PhD research
Project proposal criteria
- Specified appropriately to be completed through a PhD study
- Relevant to improving quality and/or safety in the NHS
- Synergistic with ongoing research programmes in the university
- Demonstrates appropriate study design and research methods
- Describes an area in which the supervisor has content expertise
- Feasible within a doctoral programme where the student might need to gain approvals and undergo training
- Likely to make a valuable contribution to the field of improvement research