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					                                Research Funding Opportunities 2012

RCBC (Research Building Capacity Collaboration) Wales is pleased to announce funding for a
number of Early Career PhD Fellowships in Nursing/Midwifery and the Allied Health
Professions to commence in Spring 2012. Applications are invited from eligible registered
health professionals for up to six RCBC funded fellowships. One fellowship will be awarded
to each of the 6 collaborating Universities involved in the RCBC scheme (institutions are
listed below).

This is an exciting opportunity for recently qualified graduates to begin a career which
combines clinical practice and research.

PhD appointments will be part-time for five years based on a minimum of 2.5 days per week
commitment to study. The Early Career Fellowship aims to attract recently qualified
graduates into doing a part-time PhD, whilst continuing to work in a clinical setting within
the NHS. Successful candidates will receive fees and a 50% part-time bursary.

Applications should have a commitment to the themes and priorities of the National
Institute of Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) and the Institution to which they apply.
These can include studies into any aspect of nursing, midwifery or allied health care which
examines the reduction of waste, harm and variability through the production of an
appropriate evidence base. It can also encompass studies in public health, in particular
those which might examine smoking cessation, exercise and physical activity and obesity.
In addition to the above, applications for studies into community nursing will be welcomed
and in particular we would welcome proposals which examine the use of new technologies
in community nursing.

Further information on the themes and priorities of NISCHR can be found at

Eligibility criteria:
 Applicants must hold registration within the UK as a Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health
    Professional. The definition of Allied Health Professions is taken from the Health
    Professions Council Register, see
 Applicants must have graduated within the last two years / or if they are about to
    graduate they must be able to obtain registration for a PhD by no later than 31st July
 Applicants must be employed or obtain employment within the NHS.
 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.
    IELTS rating of 7 or above with no grades below 6.

Recruitment for the early career PhD Fellowships will by managed by the University of
Glamorgan with input from all collaborating Universities. Appointments will be made with
established research groups within the Departments of Nursing/Midwifery and Allied Health
Professions across Wales. Successful applicants will be encouraged to be resident in Wales
for the duration of the award.

The application process will be held in two stages:
   1. Expressions of Interest forms are to be completed and returned to
      by 5th March 2012.

RCBC Wales (Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales) is supported by funding from the National Institute of Social Care and
Health Research (NISCHR), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Tenovus.
     2. Applications will be assessed and shortlisted. Shortlisted applicants will be requested
        to submit a full proposal application form by 5th April 2012.
     3. Full proposal applications will be reviewed by RCBC representatives and successful
        applicants will be invited to interview.
     4. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 23rd or 30th April 2012 with
        appointments commencing from May 2012.

The relevant application forms and further guidance (including funding details) are available
at the following web address

For information about the specific opportunities, please contact the relevant institutions
directly (details listed below). General enquiries may be addressed to Andrew Hale, RCBC
Wales, University of Glamorgan. Email: Telephone: 01443 483892

Collaborating Institutions and contacts:

Faculty of Health, Sport & Science, University of Glamorgan
Contact: Andrew Hale

Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Contact: Dr Lalage Sanders

College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University
Contact: Professor Joy Merrell

University Institute for Health, Medical Sciences and Society, Glyndwr University
Contact: Dr Lynne Kennedy

School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University
Contact: Ms Liz Harmer

School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
Contact: Dr Katie Featherstone

School Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
Contact: Professor Jane Noyes

RCBC Wales (Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales) is supported by funding from the National Institute of Social Care and
Health Research (NISCHR), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Tenovus.

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