Free Training: Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Scheme Workshop

Free training for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

  • Have you ever wanted to undertake research as part of your clinical career?
  • Have you ever thought of doing a PhD?

Then read on...

Information about the scheme

The NIHR launches the Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme annually, as part of the Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) pathway for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals wishing to pursue a clinical academic career.

The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme supports early career researchers from the ICA Eligible Professions, who are committed to a clinical academic career, to become competitive applicants for a peer-reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship.

The PCAF scheme offers salaried time to prepare an application for a competitive, peer reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship and funding for personalised programmes of academic training that equip awardees with the skills and experience to access doctoral level funding.

We anticipate that Round 4 PCAF scheme will open for applications late January 2021. For more information about the scheme, such as launch date, award uptake options and scope of funding please click here.

The funding panel Chair’s report is attached. He wrote:

"At the end of a PCAF award, applicants should be in a position to submit a competitive Doctoral Fellowship application. Applicants are advised to develop their PCAF training proposal with this in mind, identifying any areas of weakness that need to be addressed over the course of the award."

What we offer

UHS is keen to support people thinking of applying for this scheme. To help people get ahead of the game, SoAR is running a PCAF workshop to assist with preparation of applications for the scheme.

The workshop will give you an opportunity to hear from a number of experts such as; one of last year’s funding panel, a successful PCAF applicant and a member of the Research Design Service. Please see the attached programme for our exciting line up.

The workshop

The workshop will be held on:

  • Date: Thursday 19th November 2020
  • Time: 13:00 -16:00hrs
  • Place: Virtual via Teams

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