NIHR Studentships in Primary Health Care in UK 2021

Applications are currently being invited for the NIHR Studentships in Primary Health Care in the UK for the 2021/22 academic session.

Awards are offered at all nine Universities within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research:

  • Bristol,
  • Exeter,
  • Keele,
  • Manchester,
  • Nottingham,
  • Oxford,
  • Queen Mary University of London (QMUL),
  • Southampton and
  • University College London (UCL).

The awards offer traditional project-specific training in areas of particular importance to primary care and are awarded to applicants from diverse backgrounds including, for example, medical statistics, social sciences, health economics, health psychology).

Students are, therefore, encouraged to make connections with relevant NIHR Incubators, where appropriate (e.g., methodology, nursing, and midwifery education) in addition to working with other parts of the NIHR Infrastructure (including but not restricted to NIHR ARC, BRC, Patients Safety Translational Centres).

Worth of Award

Studentship awards include

  • tuition fees,
  • an annual tax-free stipend of £16,000 and
  • a contribution towards research and training costs.
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Students at Queen Mary University of London and University College London will receive a London weighting and students at Oxford will receive combined university/college fees.

These awards fund tuition fees up to the value of Home/Ireland fees; students with overseas status are welcome to apply but will need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources.


To be eligible for NIHR Studentships in Primary Health Care, candidates must

  • have a strong academic record.
  • wish to develop a career in primary care research.
  • have a first degree in a discipline relevant to primary care research and will be expected to complete a PhD/DPhil during the award period.

However, it is important to note that the precise academic qualifications required depend on the university and training offered.

How to Apply

All applicants must ensure that their proposed research project is compatible with the
published NIHR remit. Available here

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Deadline: Awards will normally be taken up in October 2021. 


Click here for more details and to apply