Fellowships in Primary Care


National School for Primary Care Research (NSPCR) Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2016

Salary £27000 - £37000 depending on experience
Location UCL, London
Tenure 24 Months
Hours Full time
Responsible to Professor Elizabeth Murray


The NIHR School for Primary Care Research, founded in October 2006 and with a revised membership from 1st October 2009, is a partnership between the nine leading academic centres for primary care research in England. 

The School’s main aim is to increase the evidence base for primary care practice. We will achieve this through:

-          high quality research to inform the development of clinical practice in primary care;
-          strategic leadership to support the development of primary care research

Applications are invited for this national competition 2 year post-doctoral fellowships from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research. The goal of these fellowships is for the appointee to publish papers from their PhD and write a big grant application to secure future funding (e.g. an NIHR fellowship). These fellowships can be taken up any time between October 2016.

Awards are offered at all nine Universities within the NIHR School of Primary Care Research: Bristol, Cambridge, Keele, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and University College London. Details of the specific research training opportunities available at each University are available below.

Applications are also invited for awards of up to 2 years part time for the NSPCR GP Career Progression fellowships.

As the nine Universities do not always offer mentorship in every discipline relevant to primary care, it is possible to apply for a “linked” award so that applicants can benefit from training within the School but maintain a link with or be primarily based within a University outside the School that can provide discipline-specific mentoring. In these cases, the linked NSPCR partner must be agreed and specified in the application.

Details of the specific research training opportunities available at other Universities are available here.

We are offering one post-doctoral fellowship based in any one of our four major research groups. 

Applicants must have experience of research in primary care or a closely related field of medicine. A doctoral degree is desirable but applicants who have not had the opportunity to undertake doctoral training will be considered if they have substantial relevant experience.


Remuneration for Fellowships will depend on previous experience but most appointees will receive a salary of £27000-£37000 per annum. Appointments are for 24 Months duration with the expectation that appointees will then be in a position to apply for more senior academic posts (e.g. lectureships).

Fellowship awards will not in general be based around a specified single project but will involve attachment to a research group involved in a programme of research.  The awards are open to all disciplines relevant to primary care research, clinical non-medical and non-clinical, although the individual Universities vary in the disciplinary opportunities they offer.

Applicants are encouraged to consider a programme of research in their chosen field.

The successful candidate will be supported in applying for additional project-related grant funds, but should also consider work that can be achieved without additional funding. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Head of Department, Professor Elizabeth Murray (e.murray@ucl.ac.uk).

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate outstanding academic ability, coupled with the potential for future research leadership. They will either have completed, or be about to complete, their PhD; will have a clear vision of the research they would like to pursue; and be able to convince the panel that their proposed work is relevant to primary care.

Applications must be received by Midday on Thursday 25 February 2016