Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship opportunity

Exciting opportunity for healthcare professionals to become leading researchers

An exciting opportunity is available to healthcare professionals to apply for a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF). The opportunity is part of the new partnership between Moorfields Eye Charity and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy, offering joint Fellowships as part of the NIHR charity partner programme.

NIHR Fellowships have been designed to support people at various points of their development to become leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training right through to senior post-doctoral research.

As part of this, applications are now being invited for the HEE/NIHR CDRF which enables registered healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) an opportunity to undertake fully funded clinical research, research training and tailored professional development whilst maintaining clinical practice and salary.

Financially the fellowships include full salary support, their PhD tuition fees and research costs, allowing researchers protected time to concentrate on their research, as well as supporting the development of a bespoke training and development programme to meet their individual needs and career trajectory.

Beyond the fellowship award, the NIHR also provides regular networking opportunities, bespoke workshops and events, as well as personal advice, and guidance on funding opportunities.

By being jointly-funded by charity partners, researchers have the opportunity to become future leaders in health research. With our support, they can build their skills and experience through enhanced knowledge of the current and future medical research landscape, patient and public involvement, collaborations, research events, and support with media relations and research communications.

Dr Ailish Murray, director of grants and research at Moorfields Eye Charity said

Moorfields Eye Charity is proud to be a partner with NIHR on this fellowship scheme.  It is an exciting opportunity through our first joint funding initiative to work with such a leading organisation to provide support for the training of healthcare professionals at Moorfields. The resulting PhD research projects have the potential to contribute towards the understanding,of eye conditions,  eye health and service innovations carried out for the benefit of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its patients.

Applicants intending to apply for the Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship should take note of the specific eligibility criteria here. To have an informal conversation and find out more, please contact Cath Thums, either by email c.thums@nhs.net