THIS Institute / Wellcome Trust fellowship

The offer


THIS Institute, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, invites applications from individuals who are driven to apply their skills in the area of improving quality and safety in healthcare.

Applications are invited from a broad range of disciplines including: law, philosophy, ethics, public policy, business studies, sociology, psychology, history, economics, and health services research. Those with a clinical background, including those in clinical training, are eligible for these fellowships.

What we offer

THIS Institute and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund will co-fund two fellowships at the University of Cambridge, which may be held for any period (and at any FTE above 0.6) between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2021. A maximum of £75K is available for each fellowship, and may be used flexibly to cover all direct costs including salary and research expenses.

These fellowships offer a career-boosting opportunity for exceptional researchers to lead high-quality studies that will advance the field, to join a supported community of improvement researchers, and to develop their research leadership skills. Fellows will also have an attachment to THIS Institute (for example, able to attend seminars, team meetings and other events), and will be eligible to apply for research associate status at Homerton College.

Selection criteria

Who can apply

Fellows will be based in and employed by a host department at the University of Cambridge, which must demonstrate that it can provide the appropriate support and environment for the fellow. Fellows should be nominated by their chosen host department.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate that they can deliver the highest standards of research excellence and are driven to apply their skills to scholarship in the area of improving quality and safety in healthcare.

Applications that focus on neglected areas for improvement research are especially welcome, as are those that make use of existing data infrastructures (for example, routine data, national clinical audits etc.) and those that extend the range of disciplines (e.g. philosophy, law, economics, social science etc.) that can be used to study how to improve healthcare. Projects that create novel interdisciplinary links will also be especially welcome.

All applications will be checked initially for eligibility and completeness. Assessment will consider the extent to which the research proposal is:

  • Relevant to improving quality and/or safety in UK healthcare
  • Specified appropriately to be completed in the time period requested
  • Demonstrates appropriate study design and research methods, taking into account different disciplinary norms
  • Likely to make a valuable contribution to the field of improvement research
  • Well-presented and clearly written, including a high-quality plain English summary

Your university department

Any University of Cambridge department may apply to the scheme to host a named fellow, but the scheme is particularly intended to support researchers seeking to apply the social sciences and humanities (broadly defined) to the study of improving quality and safety in healthcare.

Application stages

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via our Fellowship Management SystemAll applications should be supported by the head of department and approved by an administrative authority/finance office in the applying university.

Candidates may be graduates of any university and must have been awarded their PhD at time of application. Candidates will need to identify a potential host department within Cambridge University who will nominate them for the competition and commit to hosting the individual if appointed. Candidates already employed in Cambridge may choose to remain in their current department if they so wish. Candidates external to Cambridge should ensure they have obtained departmental support. For all applications, the Head of Department (or nominated deputy) must explain why the candidate is being nominated and describe how the department will support the candidate.

Stages of applications

1. Before you apply

We encourage you to check that your application is eligible and competitive by reading the guidance for applicants.

2. Submit your application

All applications must be submitted online through the Fellowship Management System. All applications will be checked for eligibility and completeness.

3. Review and shortlisting

Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria included in the guidance for applicants and shortlisted applications will receive peer review.

4. Final decision

We will write to you to confirm our final decision.

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