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NIHR CLAHRC North Thames funded PhD studentships

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames funded PhD studentships

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames is now recruiting to its 2019 PhD studentships. NIHR CLAHRC North Thames is funded to conduct high quality applied health research, focused on the needs of patients and the public to produce a direct impact on health and the way health care and public health is organised and delivered.

Led by Professor Rosalind Raine (UCL), CLAHRC North Thames is a collaboration of 50+ partners, including leading universities, NHS trusts, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, UCLPartners, industry and organisations representing patients and the public.

We invite applications for these 3-year PhD studentships starting October 2019 / January 2020 (exact date dependent on the individual university). Details of the individual projects and supervisors are given below. The studentships include a stipend and full UK/EU fees.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames funded PhD studentships

Training opportunities

PhD students will be entitled to the full range of PhD training opportunities at their host institution. In addition, all PhD students will benefit from training provided by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy (The Academy). The Academy brings together PhD students from across CLAHRC North Thames, to create a community of students training in applied health research. The Academy works alongside each host institution’s graduate training programme to equip students with the skills needed to work at the interface of academia and health services. Our doctoral programme focuses on practical aspects of applied health research, such as the skills required to undertake research in health care and public health settings, to engage patients and the public in research, and to navigate relevant ethical and research governance approval systems. In addition, we aim to provide students with an understanding of how their work fits in to current NHS structures and applied public health research environments. PhD students will be expected to attend and present at scientific meetings aimed at disseminating the findings of CLAHRC research.

Publication and wider dissemination

It is expected that results of the PhD research will be publishable in good quality, peer-reviewed academic journals and communicated at conferences. The research would also be expected to generate outputs tailored to applied health research, public health practitioner, and policy making audiences.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames funded PhD studentships


Candidates should hold a Master’s qualification (or complete their Master’s by September 2019) in a relevant discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants require excellent written and verbal communication skills, and should be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.

Due to funding restrictions applicants must be UK/EU nationals and be eligible for home fees. Please refer to UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) for the criteria.

How to apply

If you have queries about potential projects or would like to discuss these in more detail, please contact the appropriate supervisors by email. In case of any difficulties in making contact, please email [email protected].

Your application should consist of:

  • A CV (to include qualifications, work experience, publications, presentations and prizes), contact details of two academic referees (references will be taken up for all shortlisted candidates), your first choice PhD, plus up to two other PhDs in order of preference.
  • A personal statement (300 words) describing your suitability for proposed project including how your research experience, skills and interests relate to the topic.
  • A 1-page proposal of how you would develop the PhD project that you are applying for.

Please send your application to: [email protected].

Deadline: 29/05/19
Interviews: 12/06/19, 13/06/19 or 26/06/19
Duration: 3 years, full time
Stipend: £17,803

* All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should be able to work independently with high levels of self-motivation, and also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.



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