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The NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme

The NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (C-DRF) scheme is aimed at post-degree nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and, in 2014, pharmacists sited in England who have at least 1 year's experience of clinical practice since graduating, have had sufficient research experience or research training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst still developing their clinical skills. The C-DRF is an individual training award and offers funding to cover the salary costs of the award holder, their PhD tuition fees, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme. A C-DRF award will require that the individual has a contract of employment with the Host Employer for the duration of the Fellowship.

Please note that applicants must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) or the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) at the point of award. Please click here for the list of health professions that qualify for this award.

Further details can be found in the Round 5 C-DRF guidance notes. Please consult these notes before contacting the NIHR with any queries pertaining to the C-DRF Scheme.

Guidance Notes

Round 5 of the C-DRF scheme has now closed.

All applicants must ensure that their proposed research project is compatible with the published NIHR remit.

How to Apply

Please follow the link below to access the application forms and supporting documentation:

Please click here for a flowchart detailing the sign off process for applications.

Tel: 0113 346 6260

Please DO NOT send any queries to or reply to automatic registration confirmations sent from this address.

All applications must be completed and submitted via the online application system.

The DEADLINE for receipt of applications was 1.00 pm on Wednesday 30th April 2014.

Sample contracts for information only:

Sample CAT Clinical Lectureship contract (HEI host)

Sample CAT Clinical Lectureship contract (NHS host)

CAT Event 30th January 2014

Presentation 1: Dr Beth Harris

Presentation 3: Dr Lindsey Cherry

Contact Us

The C-DRF Scheme is managed by Dr Mal Palin of the NIHR TCC Personal Awards Team. The Personal Awards Team can be contacted by telephone on 0113 346 6260 or by email at

Link back to CAT home page

Last modified 2014-05-02 10:40

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