Who can apply
Any UK university may apply to the scheme, with a maximum of two doctoral fellowship applications per university per funding round. Where more than one department is applying, each of the two departments must submit a separate application.
The fellowships may include a Masters course to provide relevant research training before commencing a PhD (1+3 model). Universities will be responsible for recruitment and should propose up to three projects in the area of improvement research to provide a choice to prospective PhD students.
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.
We do not accept direct applications from individual students wishing to pursue a PhD. We cannot accept queries from individuals wishing to pursue PhD studies at the University of 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