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The Fellowships Round 7 launched on 31st October 2013.  The deadline for applications was Tuesday 28th January 2014 at 1pm.  The next round will launch in October/November 2014.

Shortlisting for the Doctoral Research Fellowship level applications will take place during May 2014 and interviews will be held in Leeds between 17th and 19th June 2014.

Shortlisting for Post-Doctoral Fellowship level applications will take place during April 2014 and interviews will be held in Leeds between 15th and 17th July 2014.

You will hear if you have been invited for interview 4 to 6 weeks prior to the interview dates.

NIHR Fellowships support outstanding individuals to become the health research leaders of the future by buying out their salary costs, meeting their training and development costs and by contributing to the research costs needed to complete an identified research project.

This round of the Fellowships Programme is included in 3 NIHR wide Themed Calls:

  • Research on the evaluation of health care interventions or services delivered in primary care settings (
  • Research into the evaluation of public health measures, health care interventions and health services to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (
  • Evaluative research for long term conditions in children and young people (further details to be announced on the NIHR website in due course)

Please note proposals don't need to fall within one of the above themed calls to apply for an NIHR Fellowship in Round 7 

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research at an institution based in England.

Applicants should use the scheme specific guidance notes below relevant to the application level they intend to apply to.  You are strongly advised to read the guidance notes carefully and refer to them as you complete the online form.

Feedback from last year's round of NIHR Fellowships is available in the form of a Chair's Report.  Please click here to view the Chair's report from round 6 of NIHR Fellowships.

Five levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available:

The Doctoral Research Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to undertake a PhD and is aimed at individuals of outstanding potential early in their research careers. Applicants are expected to propose an individual PhD research project and a customised research training programme within an environment that reflects their individual talents and training needs. It is anticipated that successful applicants will become independent research leaders within 6 to 10 years of completing the fellowship.

DRF Guidance Notes 2014

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who are able to demonstrate their potential as researchers but do not, as yet, have sufficient experience to be fully independent. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research, where applicable. Applicants will have obtained their research doctorate or submitted their PhD or MD thesis for examination, but must not have more than 3 years WTE post-doctoral experience at the time of applying.

PDF Guidance Notes 2014

The Career Development Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who have significant and successful post-doctoral experience. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of significant outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research. It is expected that successful applicants will have the potential to become fully independent researchers on completion of the fellowship. Applicants will not have more than 7 years WTE post-doctoral experience at the time of applying.

CDF Guidance Notes 2014

The Senior Research Fellowship - offers 5 years funding to undertake a programme of research and is aimed at outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders within the duration of an award. A fellowship is expected to enhance existing career opportunities for successful applicants and others in health related research, and to support the development of collaborative partnerships within and between HEIs and the NHS in response to identified health needs.

SRF Guidance Notes 2014

The Transitional Research Fellowship - offers between 18 and 24 months funding to undertake focussed training and development in order to develop specific skills that will enable a transition from basic research into clinical research or from clinical research into translational research. A Transitional Research Fellowship should enable successful applicants to better access wider NIHR funding opportunities in the future.

TRF Guidance Notes 2014

Potential applicants from the devolved nations must consult with their national R&D office before applying:

Devolved Administration applications

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

Research Design Service

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

The Research Design Service provides expert advice to researchers on all aspects of preparing grant applications for applied health research in health and social care, including statistics, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, clinical trials, evidence synthesis, health economics, epidemiology, patient and public involvement, ethics and governance.

You are strongly advised to contact your local RDS at the earliest opportunity if you are considering submitting an application.  Further details can be found at

How to Apply

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

All applications must be submitted using the online application system, TCCi.  Any queries regarding your application should be directed to the NIHR TCC using the details below:


Tel: 0113 346 6260

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

Applicants may only submit one application to a round of the NIHR Fellowships competition.

Further Information

You may be interested in the supplementary information below:

Patient and public involvement in research: Further Information

Review Panels - Last updated May 2014

Post-Award: Information for Fellowship Holders

Current and Completed NIHR Individual Research Training Award Holders

Contact details

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