shortened Pre-Doctoral Bridging Award

Health Education England for East of England is offering shortened Pre-Doctoral Bridging Awards in 2021/22.

These are specifically designed for aspiring clinical academics who have either,

i) submitted a competitive NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship or similar doctoral fellowship application, which has not been successful;


ii) have a near completed application for a clinical doctoral fellowship, which has not yet been submitted and requires further refinement

Applicants who held a previous Masters to PhD bridging award are eligible to apply.

Applicants must belong to one of the ICA eligible professions (non-medical health and care professionals) be employed in the East of England NHS region and plan to apply for clinical doctoral fellowship in 2022.

What does the shortened Pre-Doctoral Bridging award offer?

A payment of £5000 will be made to the successful candidate’s employer to enable study days between 1st February 2022 for up to 6 months to meet with supervisors and work on a (re-) submission of a doctoral fellowship application in 2022. The number of study days should be agreed with their employer (line manager) in advance over the 3 to 6 months period and should be in line with the applicant’s salary costs to justify the use of the full grant of £5000.

How to apply?

The applicant’s academic supervisors should be supportive of this application, be available during the period of the award and willing to provide supervision in order to enable a timely and competitive (re-) submission.

All applicants need to complete an application form and obtain signatures confirming support from their supervisors and line manager.

Those applying under:

i) must also append a copy of their previously submitted doctoral fellowship application with any feedback from the funder, if available.

Those applying under

ii) must append the latest copy of their intended doctoral fellowship application.

All documents should be emailed as word document or pdf to by midday 31st January 2022.

Download your application form here

HEE ICA short Pre-doc applic 2021-22.docx