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NIHR Fellowship Application Day (FAD) 2018

NIHR Research Design Service South Central

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 from 09:30 to 16:45 (BST)

NIHR Fellowship Application Day (FAD) 2018

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Are you thinking of applying to Round 12 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme (Dec 2018 deadline)?  If you are, then register for our NIHR Fellowship Application Day (FAD)!


What: An interactive and free to attend all-day masterclass, funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC), on how to improve your chances of success when applying for an NIHR Fellowship. The day will include sessions on how to “sell yourself” and hints and tips for success, with expert advice from the funder, previous successful applicants, RDS advisers and current funding panel members.


Aim: Applying for a Fellowship is becoming increasingly more and more competitive. We have organised this one-day programme to give attendees the skills and knowledge to improve the quality of their application and make sure that it is focused on what NIHR are looking for.


In addition to the event, attendees can obtain methodological advice for the project element of their application by requesting RDS support here.

Make sure your NIHR Fellowship application gives you the best chance of success – make sure it makes the most of you!


What to expect on the course

This Fellowship Application Day aims to prepare applicants who are intending to apply to Round 12 of the generic NIHR Fellowships Programme in December 2018.


The event will be specifically tailored to those applying to the Doctoral and the Post-Doctoral levels of the generic Fellowship Programmes.  However, the information presented will be generalisable and can be applied to different levels, e.g. the Career Development Fellowship level.


Outline of the day:

  • The RDS and how we can help you
  • Overview of the content of a fellowship application form
  • What makes a good fellowship application
  • What makes a good training and development plan
  • A talk by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC): the funder's perspective
  • What the NIHR Fellowships Panel looks for in an application
  • Talks from successful fellowship applicants
  • Question and Answer panel, including TCC programme managers, members of the NIHR Fellowships Panel, successful applicants and RDS advisers
  • PPI and plain English
  • Selling yourself and tips for success
  • Small group workshop session*


*Pre Event preparation

The workshop session will concentrate on how applicants can best “sell themselves” in their application to NIHR. During this session, attendees will present a 4 minute talk to their small group addressing two questions from the Fellowship application form that relate to selling themselves, i.e. An overview of your future plans in terms of career trajectory and your proposed training and development plan, including how this relates to your planned research, and your future career plans. As Attendees, you will receive constructive feedback and advice from the group and the facilitators. You will be asked to prepare your 4 minute pitch before you attend the event and will be sent instructions accordingly.


Who should attend: Any researcher, clinician and / or academic from across the South Central (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire), South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and South West (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire) regions who is considering making an application to the NIHR Fellowship Programme in 2018 or 2019.


The day is primarily designed for those applying to the Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels, but those applying to other levels are also welcome to attend.


Find out more about the NIHR Fellowship Programme

  • Please note that places at this event are limited, so attendees will be selected based on their answers to the questions on the registration form.
  • Priority for places will go to those based in the South Central, South East and South West regions of England.
  • Attendees will be notified if they have a place on the course by Wednesday 16 May 2018.


Enquiries to: or 023 8120 4778

Do you have questions about NIHR Fellowship Application Day (FAD) 2018? Contact NIHR Research Design Service South Central

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Holiday Inn Southampton
Herbert Walker Avenue
SO15 1AG
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 from 09:30 to 16:45 (BST)

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