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Our Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme provides research training awards for registered health and care professionals 

Our Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme, provides research training awards for health and social care professionals 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.

This excludes people from medicine and dentistry, but includes those from nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, social care, public health, commissioning and policy makers.

The pre-doctoral programme is aimed at those who aspire to undertake a 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 1 year or 2 year period. 

Award holders participate in a blended programme of formal teaching with academic supervision support, with the aim of preparing an application for an NIHR, or similar, doctoral fellowship programme. 

Applications for 2022 programme

Our Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programme is now open to applications.

We encourage applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds within health and social care (excluding medicine and dentistry) to submit their applications by 23rd May 2022. 

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 to before 5pm on the 23rd May 2022.

Applications must also include letters of support, or signatures, from the applicant's line manager.

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 from below:





Q & A about the 2022 programme

Our 2021/22 Pre-doctoral Fellowship award holders

Contact information

Programme Manager

Ross Atkinson