The NIHR ARC-GM Internship and Pre-doctoral Fellowship Programmes are now open for applications. Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 24th May. These opportunities are a great way for those working in the health and care systems in Greater Manchester to work with ARC-GM to develop their career in applied research.

  • Internships are entry-level opportunities designed for staff who have little or no research experience who wish to explore applied health or care research as a potential career path. Internships are for up to 30 days (unfunded) taken flexibly over 4 – 12 months and come with a £1,000 training budget.
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowships are for staff who have some research experience who wish to go on and develop a competitive PhD proposal in an area of applied health or care research. A maximum of £20,000 is offered to back fill staff time up to 0.5FTE over 12 months. A training budget of £2,000 is also available.

More information about both of these programmes, including eligibility criteria, guidance for applicants and a link to the online application form can be found on the ARC-GM Training and Development website. The guidance is also attached to this email.

Please note that we particularly encourage those from under-served backgrounds to apply – this includes those from professions where there is a need for additional research support, such as nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, allied health professions, social work, commissioning and public health.

To support those intending to apply to the programmes, we will be holding two Question and Answer sessions on 24th April and 8th May. Details of how to register for the Q&A sessions can be found in the attached flyer and on our website, which we would encourage you to use to advertise the opportunity across your organisation.

The value of our opportunities was highlighted at a showcase of the work of our Interns, Pre-doctoral Fellows and PhD students, held in November 2023. The online event was an opportunity for those supported by ARC-GM and its partners to present the work they have undertaken during their time with us. These presentations are available to view here. We would welcome dissemination of these presentations across your organisation as you see fit.

I would like to thank you for your continued support in making these opportunities available to your staff. We recognise that releasing staff from their substantive role can have challenges but we hope that there are real benefits from working together to build capacity in applied health and care research in this way.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Ross Atkinson Programme Manager, Applied Research Collaboration – Greater Manchester, University of Manchester.