Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Details of the professions that are eligible to apply for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship can be found on the ‘Eligibility’ section of the website.

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

This is the first Post-Doctoral Fellowship delivered by Birmingham Health Partners. Applications for the Summer 2018 cohort have now closed. For more information please email

When will the application process close?

Applications for the Summer 2018 cohorts closed on Wed 2nd May at midday.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Summer 2018 cohort have now closed.

**Please note that interviews have been scheduled for Tues 15th May.

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Do I need my manager’s support?

Applications for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship 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.

What time commitment is needed?

For the Post-Doctoral Fellowship you will need to commit to a minimum of 30 days study time over a nine month period. A number of programme days (about 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 Fellowship 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 Fellowship 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’ which is available from the ‘Links’ section at the bottom of this page.

How does the funding for my course costs and single payment grant work?

There will be no requirement for you to pay any fees associated with the Post-Doctoral Fellowship. When you commence your programme, we will reimburse your employing organisation with the single payment grant of £5,100.

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 Fellowship structure’ page for more information on the expected programme outcomes for fellows.

What happens after the programme?

The programme will give individuals 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.