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RDS YH Fellowship Support

Thinking about applying for a NIHR research fellowship?
Here's what you need to know

NIHR supports training in clinical and applied health research, including social care. 

Five levels of NIHR fellowship awards are available: Doctoral, Post-Doctoral, Transitional Research, Career Development and Senior Research. 

Fellowships are prestigious awards, therefore applications need to be carefully planned and presented in order to give the best chance both of winning an award, and being able to successfully complete the research and secure high quality and meaningful outcomes.

They are open to individuals working in any scientific discipline or sector that can demonstrate a role in, and contribution to, health or healthcare of the population. They are designed to suit different working arrangements and career pathways.

Other types of fellowship, such as those offered by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and charities are also supported by the RDS.

More information about NIHR fellowships can be found here.
Fellowship application success depends on PPPTS:

Person (P)    Project (P)    Place (P)   Training (P)    Supervision(S)

Important things to consider:

1. Allow plenty of time: You should be planning your fellowship bid at least a year before you plan to submit it. A fellowship application is complex and takes time to get right.  You need to think about the component parts and plan in a structured way to avoid gaps and problems.
2. Get your ‘pitch’ right: What is the problem or question you have identified and how are you going to address it? You need to be able to explain your proposal clearly and succinctly in no more than 2 minutes.  This helps to focus on the key issues.
3. Who will your collaborators be? Having the right team around you is crucial. You need to find the right people to talk to about your ideas and find out who might be right to support and advise you as a mentor, supervisor, collaborator.  You will also need specialist and public involvement depending on your research area.
4. How will you implement your findings and what impact will they have? Think carefully about how the team around you can help you to get your findings, or what you have developed, implemented.  The people you have on board will be vital for this.
5. Get advice and support from the Research Design Service as early as possible. The RDS can help with advice throughout the development of your application and with practical support such as guidance on the right fellowship for you and by offering mock interviews. You can request help through our online system below.


How the RDS can help

Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber (RDS YH) is one of ten regional services across England, offering design and methodological support to health researchers who are developing research applications.

RDS advisers based at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York have considerable expertise in developing and designing high quality research proposals, including fellowships.

The RDS can offer advice and support for health researchers informally, over the phone, or at a face-to-face meeting. 

We can :
  • Offer one-to-one advice to you and your supervisor
  • Review your application and CV
  • Provide advice on team and training
  • Offer a mock panel interview
Book an appointment
RDS YH Fellowship Workshops
We are running two workshops to support fellowship applications:

1) Doctoral and Early Postdoctoral fellowships for researchers and clinicians
Tuesday 4 April in Leeds Register here

2) AHP and general fellowship Event on Tuesday 27 June in York Register here
Recent Successes
RDS YH  has supported a number of successful fellowship applicants.  Here is what some of our most recent successful fellows had to say:

"RDS were brilliant in providing me with constructive feedback on my draft application and providing me with a mock interview. Both were essential in strengthening my application. I am very grateful to RDS for their support  because I do not think I would have got the fellowship without their valuable input. Thank you RDS"
"The support I received from the RDS in developing my fellowship application was extremely helpful though what could have been quite a daunting process.  I had regular face-to-face meetings with a member of RDS, which started very early in the process to advise me on what I needed to do to get my CV up to scratch and continued throughout, providing feedback on the content of my application and signposting me to a range of other expertise such as the Clinical Trials Research Unit.  Once I had been informed that I had reached the interview stage, RDS arranged a mock interview with detailed feedback to support me through this stage too.  I couldn't recommend using the support from RDS enough!"  
RDS YH Grant Writing Workshops
We are also running two workshops for researchers who want to develop a grant application for one of the NIHR funding schemes:

Wednesday 17 May 2017 in Sheffield
Register here

Wednesday 27 September in York Register here

You can find out more about our grant writing support in our previous newsletter.
Contact NIHR RDS YH 

NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber
Regent Court,
30 Regent Street,
Sheffield, S Yorkshire, S1 4DA
United Kingdom  

For general enquiries contact Rose Cliff: 0114 22 20828 or email:
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