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Pre-doctoral Fellowships

Our Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme provides research training awards for health and care professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) in Greater Manchester.

Our Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme provides research training awards for health and social care professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) working in Greater Manchester who wish to develop their career by combining health and social care practice and development with applied research and research leadership.

Fellowships are available to those from nursing, midwifery, allied health profession, social care, public health, commissioning and policy making backgrounds.

The Pre-doctoral programme is aimed at those who aspire to undertake PhD level study. Award holders receive funded research time, academic supervision and excellent training opportunities to prepare an application for submission for an NIHR or similar doctoral fellowship opportunity, which includes a research proposal and suitable training and development plan.

We are keen to tailor the programme as much as possible to suit the commitments and timescales of applicants; the programme is usually over a one year or two year period. 


Question & Answer Session 1 Recording


Applications for 2023 programme

Application for our Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme are now open!

We encourage applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds within health and social care (excluding medicine and dentistry) to submit their applications by 18th May 2023.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender, gender expression, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All awards are made on merit.

All applications must be submitted using the online application form available here before 5pm on the 18th May 2023. 

Applicants are strongly advised to have informal conversations with the team before submitting an application. 

All supporting information about the programme and the application form  can be  downloaded on the drop down menu >>>>>





Meet our 2022/23 Pre-doctoral Fellowship award holders



Meet our 2021/22 Pre-doctoral Fellowship award holders

Contact information

Programme Manager

Ross Atkinson