CLAHRC East Midlands and Health Education East Midlands PhD Studentship
For Nurses, Midwives and AHPs
In partnership with Health Education East Midlands, NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands is offering up a
doctoral studentship for non-medical clinical professionals.
CLAHRC East Midlands is an international centre of excellence in applied health research. The
CLAHRC seeks to improve patient outcomes by conducting research of local relevance and
international quality into five main areas: preventing chronic disease, managing chronic disease,
caring for older people and stroke survivors, enhancing mental health and implementing evidence and
improvement. http://www.clahrc- em.nihr.ac.uk/
A yearly stipend at current RCUK rates (£14,057) plus Home/EU tuition fees (£4,052) is available.
Full time (3 years) or part time study (up to 6 years) is possible. It is expected that in order to
bring the stipend up to NHS band 5/6 (tax free) salary equivalent, that either matched funding from
the employing organisation will be offered as part of the application, or successful applicants
can, in negotiation with their supervisors, work up to a maximum of 16 hours a week (if in full
time study). Applicants that can offer some level of matched funding may be favoured over others.
The successful applicant will be registered and based at an East Midlands University of their
choice; they can, if they wish, also have access to a hot-desk with the CLAHRC team in either
Nottingham or Leicester. The successful applicant will be expected to visit research sites on a
regular basis, and so should be able to travel freely. Supervisory teams should be identified by
the applicant; this should consist of two academic supervisors (one of whom must have existing
links to the CLAHRC), and one clinical supervisor. Funding is conditional on successful Disclosure
and Barring Service clearance.
Applying for the Studentship
Applicants should be:
• Employed by an NHS organisation or an organisation that provides NHS care (i.e. social
enterprise) in the East Midlands as a non-medical clinical professional (for example, AHP, Nurse,
• Have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, have good knowledge
of healthcare and an interest in healthcare improvement research.
• Applicants with a Masters degree are especially welcomed to apply.
• Home/EU candidates only due to funding restrictions;
• Available from September 2015 for three years (full time study) or up to six years (if part
To apply, applicants should send the following information to Shirley.Woolley@nottingham.ac.uk
• A Personal Statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD
level research, and which University you would prefer to be your study base.
• A research proposal (up to 2000 words) detailing the research that would be carried out for
the PhD, how it is linked to the CLAHRC’s work/themes and the proposed supervisors.
• A current CV.
• Two references (one academic/one clinical).
• A statement of support from your employer, including details of any funding provided.
• Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts, and professional registration details.
• Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any
element, or equivalent) if your first language is not English.
Please quote ref: CLAHRC HEEM 2015. Closing date: 23.59pm on 4th May 2015. Applications submitted
after this time will not be considered.
Interviews will be held in Nottingham or Leicester towards the end of May / beginning of une.