Sources of NMAHP PhD Funding

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The following is a list of sources of PhD funding for NMAHPs. If you know of any other sources of PhD funding, please let Timothy Twelvetree know, so the list can be added to.

National Institute for Health Research

The NIHR fund several initiatives to for PhD bursaries and fellowships.

NIHR: Funding for training and career development

General Nursing Council for England and Wales

The Trust welcomes proposals from early and mid-career researchers who are supported, as appropriate, by more expert researchers. Collaborative bids between universities and the NHS, the voluntary, private or independent sector are welcomed. The normal maximum award is £30,000. The Trust will not fund organisational overheads, purchase of equipment or dissemination costs such as conference attendance and publications. Payment of the award is conditional upon gaining ethical and research governance approvals as appropriate. Funding will not normally be available to support    personal study. In exceptional circumstances the Trustees may consider providing funding to support the research costs of a higher research degree study that is clearly part of a larger study meeting the Trust’s aims and is focused on the topic of the annual call.

Grant Application Process

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Research Career Development Grant (up to three grants of up to £10,000 each)

This grant provides support towards doctoral or early postdoctoral (up to five years from completion of PhD or similar) research for individuals who can demonstrate their intention to pursue a research career pathway as an occupational therapy researcher. Lead applicants must be a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) at the time of applying. The deadline for receipt by RCOT of grant proposals is 5pm Wednesday 14 February 2018.

UKOTRF research grants

Wellcome Trust

Doctoral Studentships

Enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.


Arthritis Research UK

PhD scholarship scheme

Scholarships are awarded annually, by open competition, for projects that have clear relevance to our aims and provide training in research in a multidisciplinary environment. Applications should be made by the proposed supervisor at an eligible institute and may include a named student. Applicants can apply for one of two models of funding:

  • 1+3-year model will allow for the completion of a relevant MRes/MSc in year 1, followed by 3 years of PhD funding. Stipend and tuition fees will be paid for the four years; consumables will be paid for years 2-4 only
  • 3+1-year model will provide 3 years of PhD funding (stipend, fees and consumables) with the option of applying for supplemental funding for year 4 if required.

These scholarships provide a generous tax-free incremental stipend, UK tuition fees, improved running costs of £10,000 per year (capped at £7,500 in year 4 of a 3+1 model) and a travel grant for conference attendance.

The Barbers’ Company Clinical Nursing Scholarship

The Barbers’ Company Clinical Nursing Scholarship is to enable nurses/midwives making a career in clinical practice to undertake further education. The Scholarship of up to £10, 000 is offered for the fees or subsistence of a nurse/midwife normally undertaking a Masters or PhD programme relevant to nursing/midwifery in an academic department in the United Kingdom.

The Barbers’ Company Clinical Nursing Scholarship

Kidney Research UK

Allied Health Professional fellowships (clinical)

Supports nurses and allied health professionals to undertake a renal research study and develop their research interests and career. Appropriate for those who have completed their professional training and hold membership of an appropriate body, and who wish to undertake a Masters or PhD/DPhil qualification. The award period can be either full-time up to three years, or part-time up to five years, whilst maintaining professional commitments.

Project Grants

Alzheimer’s Society PhD Studentship Grants

The objective of Alzheimer’s Society PhD Studentship grants is to provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia. Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years (up to five years part time) and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. All costs must be justified. We have added a London weighting uplift to our PhD studentships of £2,000/annum from October 2015, raising the award total to £91k for London based applications. The host institution must be in the UK. Funding is not available for studentships that have already commenced.

PhD Studentships

Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowships

Research Training Fellowships are intended to provide training opportunities for academics, clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care. We advertise 4 fellowships annually, usually in the autumn. The costs of a Research Training Fellowship will be expected to be in the range of £30k to £65k p.a. in total based on FTE salary costs (and will not normally exceed £65k p.a.). The award will be expected to cover:

  • an individual’s salary (at the appropriate grade on the relevant pay scale), plus on-costs, or a PhD stipend (at an appropriate rate, dependent on the location of the higher education institution)
  • an additional amount not exceeding £10,000 p.a. to cover research expenses (tuition and other course fees; travel; consumables; small equipment etc.)

The fellowships are intended to be flexible and may be undertaken on either a full-time (three year) or part-time (up to six year) basis.

Research Fellowships

University Scholarships

Many universities have their own PhD funding opportunities. Look on their websites for details.

The University of Manchester

Details of funded PhD programmes can be found at: Funded PhD Programmes

President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards

Offers over 100 elite studentships each year underpinned by a core investment of £2.5m over four years. Successful PDS Award holders will receive funding for their doctoral studies as well as an additional £1000 enhancement to their annual stipend/living allowance. Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction. The closing date for applications is Friday 11 May 2018. Details can be found at: President’s Doctoral Scholar Award

Manchester Metropolitan University

Details of funded PhD programmes can be found at: Integrated Health and Social Care

The University of Central Lancashire

Details of funded PhD programmes can be found at: UCLAN Research Bursaries and Studentships