Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Details of the eligible professions for the Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme can be found on the ‘Eligibility’ section of the website.

When do the applications for the Post-Doctoral Bridging Fellowship open?

The applications for the Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme are now open.

When will the application process close?

Applications for the Spring 2020 cohorts will close on 20th March 2020 midday.

How do I apply?

To apply please complete the application form for the Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme, from which you will be short listed and invited to an interview.

Do I need my manager’s support?

Applications for the Post-Doctoral Programme will only be accepted with a written and signed statement of support from your line manager. This statement of support from your manager is included as part of the application form.

What is the Partnership Agreement?

The Partnership Agreement is included within the appendix of the application form and outlines the minimum expected of each of the partners, that is: the Fellow, their line manager, the Fellow’s mentorship team and the programme team.

This Agreement doesn’t need to be completed at application stage, but is included for information. The agreement is available on the Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme homepage.

What time commitment is needed?

For the Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme you will need to commit to a minimum of 48 days study time over a twelve month period. A number of programme days (a minimum of five) will be fixed dates which cannot be changed. The remaining study days can be flexible and negotiated with your mentorship team and employer.

Do I gain a qualification from this?

The Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme is a preparation programme that develops your skills and knowledge in advance of a Clinical Lectureship (or equivalent) application. There isn’t an official qualification awarded at the end of the programme, however it is a good addition to your CV.

What are the benefits for my employer?

The Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme supports the national agenda to increase the capability of non-medical clinicians to contribute to the improvement of patient outcomes and innovations in healthcare. Individuals undertaking the programme will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop their post-doctoral clinical academic career pathway.

For more information, please see the ‘NIHR building a research career handbook: a guide for aspiring clinical academics (excluding doctors and dentists) and their managers’

How does the individual funding grant work?

The programme offers each Fellow an individual funding grant up to the value of £14,000 to support them through the programme – this can be used for salary support, training, conferences, external visits, publication costs, etc.

What can I expect from my mentorship team?

For information on the role of the post-doctoral clinical and academic mentorship team please visit the related page.

Is the programme assessed?

The programme is not formally assessed but you will be provided with feedback from your mentor(s) and programme team throughout and at the summative presentation at the end of the programme.

Please refer to the ‘Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme structure’ page for more information on the expected programme outcomes for fellows.

What happens after the programme?

The programme will give you the skills and knowledge required to apply successfully for the next stage of the clinical academic pathway (e.g. Clinical Lectureship). Support and guidance on options for further academic study or clinical academic careers will be provided.

After completing the programme, you will also become a member of our clinical academic programme alumni, providing you with further opportunities and support.

Further information

If your question has not been addressed on this page, please contact the programme team.