HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships

The HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Scheme supports award holders to undertake Masters level academic training and to prepare an application for a doctoral level research training Fellowship whilst maintaining clinical practice.

The PCAF Structure

PCAFs are 2 year awards (or can be taken up part time over 30 or 40 months).  Award holders split their time equally between clinical service and academic training.

PCAFs Fund:

  • Up to 50% of the award holder’s salary
  • Costs of a tailored training and development programme (as detailed in the application) comprising:

– £5,000 towards Masters level training

– £1,000 bursary for conference/meeting expenses; travel, subsistence and

registration fees

– £1, 000 towards the cost of supervision and mentorship

In addition, where applicants are proposing the completion of a full Master’s degree as part of their training and development it is possible to request a supplement to cover the Masters course fee if over and above the £5,000 limit.

Further details of the ICA PCAF scheme (including full eligibility, the scope of funding, required employment arrangements and the assessment criteria) are available via “HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships: Information for Prospective Applicants”.

Applicants MUST ensure they are referring to the “Round 1 (2018) Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship Applicant Guidance Notes”, which will be published to accompany the Round 1 competitionwhen starting an application.

It is anticipated that the Round 1 PCAF Competition will launch in February 2018.

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