Thursday, 16 November 2017

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme

HEE and NIHR have announced a new pre-doctoral level training scheme to support aspiring non-medical clinical academics.

This aims to provide the pre-doctoral level support that clinicians need to develop into the clinical academic leaders of the future, building on the excellent work of those involved in the earlier MRes scheme.

The PCAF will support award holders to split their time equally between clinical service and academic training over a two-year period.

During this time, Fellows will undertake formal and informal clinical research training, designed around their unique training needs.

One of its many benefits is that it will allow protected time for participants to develop an application for PhD funding, with support from a named supervisor and mentor.

As part of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) programme, the PCAF scheme will contribute towards developing the future clinical academic research leaders, who demonstrate the potential to become independent researchers and lead their own research projects.

It is anticipated that the PCAF scheme will open for applications in February 2018 and will replace the current ICA Masters in Clinical Research Studentship scheme.

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