Welsh Government
Research Building Capacity Collaboration Wales

Research Funding Opportunities 2016: PhD Fellowships

20 June 2016

RCBC (Research Building Capacity Collaboration) Wales is pleased to announce funding for a number of PhD Fellowships in Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions to commence in October 2016. Applications are invited from eligible registered health professionals for up to four RCBCWales funded fellowships. Fellowship will be awarded to the collaborating Universities (institutions are listed below).

RCBC Wales will fund the PhD Fellowships full-time for three years. The Fellowship includes a bursary, contributions towards university fees and research costs, and attendance at the Community of Scholars study days. RCBC Funding cannot be extended beyond March 2020. Applications for part-time study (no less than 3 days per week) may be considered at the discretion of the host university.

Applications should have a commitment to the themes and priorities of Health and Care Research Wales and the Institution to which they apply in supporting and developing excellent research which has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales. These can include studies into any aspect of nursing, midwifery, allied health care or pharmacy which have a particular focus on applied and public health research and which contribute to the evidence base for NHS Wales. This includes research into the prevention, detection and diagnosis of disease; the development and evaluation of interventions; the provision of health care services; and the implementation of research findings into practice.

In addition, we would want to encourage proposals which have potential for impact and which explore:

  • new and emerging professional roles
  • integrated care
  • the principles of prudent healthcare, i.e.:
    • patients and professionals as equal partners through co-production
    • care for those with the greatest health need first
    • do only what is needed and do no harm
    • reduce inappropriate variation through evidence-based approaches.

Further information on Health and Care Research Wales can be found at

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must hold registration within the UK as a Nurse, Midwife, Pharmacist or Allied Health Professional (i.e. they must be registered with the NMC, HCPC or GPC upon commencement of study). The definition of Allied Health Professions is taken from the Health Professions Council Register, see http://www.hpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/professions/. Biomedical and clinical scientists may be
registered with the HCPC or registered through recognised voluntary regulatory arrangements via the Academy for Healthcare Science.
Candidates require a first degree (preferably graded 2:1 or above) from a University or Institution recognised by the 6 Higher Education Institutions involved in RCBC Wales.
Successful applicants must be resident in Wales for the duration of the award, or be employed within the Welsh NHS/Welsh Higher Education Institution.
Applicants from countries that are not in the EU are not eligible for this fellowship.

Please note that RCBC Wales Fellowships are offered on the basis that they are potentially subject to change in the event of changes to the fee and student support regime applicable in Wales.

Recruitment for the PhD Fellowships will be managed by the University of South Wales with input from all collaborating Universities. Fellowships will be located within established research groups within the collaborating Schools/Departments listed below.

The application process will be held in two stages:

  1. Eligibility check forms are to be completed and returned to marina.mcdonald@southwales.ac.uk any time up to 14 July 2016.
  2. Applicants will be notified within 10 working days of receipt of the check form whether they meet eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants will be requested to submit a full proposal application form by 8 August 2016.
  3. Full proposal applications will be subject to independent review and successful applicants will be invited to interview.
  4. Interviews will be held week commencing 19 September 2016. Fellowships will commence October 2016.

The relevant application forms and further guidance (including funding details) are available at http://www.rcbcwales.org.uk/apply-now/

For information about the specific opportunities, please contact the relevant institutions directly (details listed below). General enquiries may be addressed to Marina McDonald, RCBC Wales, University of South Wales. Email: marina.mcdonald@southwales.ac.uk Telephone: 01443 483070

Collaborating Institutions and Contacts:

University of South Wales
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
Operational Lead: Prof Maggie Kirk
Email: maggie.kirk@southwales.ac.uk

Bangor University
School of Healthcare Sciences
Operational Lead: Dr Sion Williams
Email: sion.williams@bangor.ac.uk

Cardiff Metropolitan University
School of Health Sciences
Operational Lead: Dr Robert Mayr
Email: rmayr@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Cardiff University
School of Healthcare Studies
Operational Lead: Prof Danny Kelly
Email: KellyDM@cardiff.ac.uk

Glyndwr University
Social Science and Education Division
Operational Lead: Prof Deborah Roberts
Email: d.roberts@glyndwr.ac.uk

Swansea University
School of Health Science
Operational Lead: Dr Jaynie Rance
Email: j.y.rance@swansea.ac.uk