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Webinar series: NIHR Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships

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National Institute for Health Research Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships: a webinar series helping YOU to apply for one.

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Do you want to complete a clinically relevant PhD but don’t know where to start or where to find support? Do you already know about the NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships (PCAFs) but want to learn about how to create a competitive application?

From October this year, NIHR 70@70 research leads from King's College Hospital and the Nightingale Academy at Guy's & St. Thomas' (Dan Hadfield, Katherine Clark and Naomi Hare) are holding a series of free online webinars aimed at tackling the whats, the whys and the hows of PCAFs.

The webinars will be held on Zoom and bookings close one hour before the start of the event so that attendees can be sent links to join.

Feel free to attend all webinars in the series or cherry-pick the ones that apply most to you.

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Friday 8 October 2021 | 11:00-12:00

What is a PCAF (and why should I be interested)?

Do you want to complete a clinically relevant PhD but don’t know where to start or where to find support? In this session we will introduce you to the PCAF within the context of broader support pathways for non-medical clinical academic careers in the NHS. We will provide an overview of the support provided by the PCAF, the expectations, eligibility criteria, application process, deadlines and local support within your trust. The session will be led by clinical academics who have extensive experience of submitting successful PCAF applications.

Monday 8 November 2021 | 13:00-14:00

Guide to a successful PCAF application: the person

Do you want to learn about how to create a competitive application? It is often said that the NIHR base their decisions on the three ‘P’s: Person, Project and Place. Here we discuss arguably the most important of these: the ‘Person’. With particular focus on your proposed training and your CV (and how to improve this prior to submission), we will provide useful hints and tips from current PCAF awardees, supervisors and panel members.

Monday 29 November 2021 | 12:00-13:00

Guide to a successful PCAF application: the project

Although you do not officially need a defined project for the PCAF, an area of interest and an early stage project proposal is recommended. This is perhaps the most daunting aspect of a PCAF application. In these sections it is critical to understand what panel members are looking for; namely a suitable research question, an appropriate understanding of issues and research methods, the suitability of your project for a PhD, and some progress or preparation (evidence of commitment). It is also critical to consider your training and local support in relation to the project, so these issues will also be addressed.

Current and past PCAF awardees, supervisors and panel members will be available to share their experience.

Friday 28 January 2022 | 10:00-11:00

Guide to a successful PCAF application: the place

The final and critical step to submitting a successful application is understanding, using, manipulating (if necessary) and selling your local support. This session is divided between general host or department support, and supervision/mentor support.

1) Host/department support

The process of submitting any grant application is complex, but there are systems within every NHS trust and university to support you through this. Here we will describe the general support available across our trusts, and we will also discuss the departmental R&I support (signatories and support statements) that are required.

2) Supervisory/mentor support

Your choice of supervisors and mentors is critical to the success of the PCAF application and to your ongoing work through a PhD. These decisions and conversations can be very difficult and political. Current and past PCAF awardees, supervisors and panel members will share their experience.

In this last session, we hope to have a range of awardees, academics and panel members available for a general Q&A.

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