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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

SPCR Primary Care Clinicians Career Progression Fellowship

These awards cover a 12 month fellowship period. It is anticipated that these awards are taken as 0.5 FTE to allow clinical work to continue. 

Training opportunities will be provided to successful candidates including

  • Online masterclasses
  • Two annual two day training events
  • Networking opportunities with early career and senior researchers in Primary Care.

QMUL Support

At QMUL we have support in place to help early-career researchers in preparing their Fellowship applications. This includes your PI (if not the applicant) and co-applicants and academic reviewers can assess you first draft of the application and provide feedback. Some previously successfully fellowship staff are willing to review your application. QMUL can support applicants in thinking about how to embed patient and public involvement (PPI) in their application.

Get in touch with Juliet Henderson for further help. 



Applications for part-time awards are invited from primary care clinicians with a strong academic record and a commitment to a career in academic primary care. The 1-year fellowship provides clinicians with the opportunity to further develop their academic track record in preparation to apply for and conduct a PhD. The fellowship offers scope for career progression by providing the opportunity to develop a formal doctoral training fellowship application whilst developing their research portfolio. 

All primary care clinicians are welcome to apply such as practice nurses, health visitors, dentists, primary care pharmacists, physiotherapists, optometrists working in primary care and general practitioners (this list is not exhaustive). Academic Clinical Fellows and In-Practice Fellows can also apply. Applicants holding one of these awards must clearly show progress towards a Doctoral Training Fellowship application in their application.

Applicants do not have to be employed by a SPCR research organisation to apply.

All applicants must ensure their proposed research project is compatible with NIHR remit.


The salary during the fellowship will be based on the point and scale when fellowship commences; any immediate promotion to a higher grade as a result of securing a fellowship will not be funded. The award includes a contribution towards research costs and covers an agreed training and development plan (capped at £5k contribution) but it is not a research grant.

This competition is closed for the Autumn application. The next launch is 20th February 2023 to commence in October 2023. Please check these pages for further information. 

SPCR Primary Care Clinicians Career Progression Fellowship - Wolfson Institute of Population Health

QMUL welcomes Expression of Interest in the following research areas:

  • Environmental influence on health, including air quality. Contact: Prof Chris Griffiths 
  • Cardiovascular disease and inequalities in health service provision and the Discovery integrated data programme across London. Contact: Prof Chris Griffiths or Prof John Robson 
  • Blood borne viruses – HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. Contact: Prof Chris Griffiths or Prof John Robson 
  • Migration Health. Contact: Dr Dominik Zenner
  • Oral health and Primary Dental Care access and organisation. Contact: Prof David Williams
  • Economic Evaluation of healthcare interventions and pathways, decision analytic modelling, efficiency and equity Contact: Prof Borislava Mihaylova 
  • Health Related Quality of Life Research, Evaluation of the implementation of health policy and medical intervention, Incentive design for healthcare providers. Contact: Dr Yan Feng  


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