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4ward North PhD Programme - funded PhD fellowship!

The 4ward North PhD Programme for Health Professionals is an exciting consortium built on the leading research excellence of the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield in collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute, the Turing Institute and the Nuffield-STEM Foundation. The programme is now inviting expressions of interest from high calibre health professionals who wish to undertake a PhD as a first step towards combining research with their developing clinical career. The Academy will support doctoral fellowships for health professionals from all disciplines who balance clinical work with an aspiration for developing a research career. This includes nurses, midwives and all categories of allied health professionals, including pharmacists and healthcare scientists, and those in veterinary medicine, dentistry and all sub-specialties within medicine and surgery.

There is a two stage application process. Stage 1 comprises a CV and short statement describing the applicant’s vision for their doctoral research training and academic career. Approximately 20 applicants will be selected from Stage 1 to join our Academy and be supported to develop a full Stage 2 application comprising a competitive PhD proposal, developed in collaboration with people from our pool of potential supervisors, all of whom are leaders in their fields. Successful awardees will all have a primary supervisor in one of our four universities plus collaboration and co-supervision from at least one other 4ward North institution or partner. The programme will not accept applications where academic supervision is located solely in one university. 4ward encourage inter-disciplinary research ideas and welcome enquiries and applications from those who have had fewer research opportunities so far but who can evidence great potential for and commitment to a clinical academic career.

Details of the programme, supervisors, the application form and guidance are available on the website (the Stage 1 application form and guidance is also attached); we have a short video on the website from the programme director Prof Neil Hanley (to find it on the Home page go to the ‘Launch of Round 6 – November 2021’ tab or click this link

If you are submitting an application please don’t forget to also complete the anonymous Stage 1 EDI monitoring survey, the link for this is on the website and the application form. The deadline for Stage 1 applications is Monday 6th December 2021 (9am) and forms should be submitted to

Please do contact if you have any application queries.


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