First INTO research

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First into Research Fellowships 2020/2021

RCBC Wales have First into Research (FiR) Fellowships to offer for commencement on 1st April 2021

FiR Fellowships are for part time study for 12 months on the basis of one day per week. Each award will be for £11749. Of this, £7140* will be payable to the employing institution for the day release of fellows and £3745 towards supervision and training costs in the host HEI.  A maximum of £510 is available towards research costs, and a maximum of £354 is available for travel to the bimonthly Community of Scholars (CoS) study days.  Attendance at the bi-monthly CoS study days is a compulsory requirement of the award (see Further Information.pdf). *You are advised to discuss any differential between your salary and the RCBCWales funds allocated to employers with your employer.  Applicants currently working part-time are advised that RCBCWales cannot pay FiR Fellows directly and they should explore payment options with their employers for any increase in hours that might result from taking up a Fellowship.


Application Process

Step 1: Contact the Operational Lead at your first-choice university to discuss your potential application and to identify a supervisor before submitting your eligibility check form

Step 2: Eligibility check forms are to be completed and returned to marina.mcdonald@southwales.ac.uk by 14th OCTOBER 2020

Step 3: To assist in refining their ideas, eligible applicants are invited to participate in a webinar with experts in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, patient involvement, ethics, and health policy and service improvement.  They will also consider maximising impact and managing their project The webinar will be held on 21st OCTOBER 2020.

Step 4: Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal application form by 4th DECEMBER 2020

Step 5: After shortlisting full proposal applications, selection will be conducted via interviews which will likely be held on 11th JANUARY 2021

Step 6: Fellowships will commence 1ST APRIL 2021


Eligibility criteria• Applicants must hold registration within the UK as a Nurse, Midwife, Pharmacist or Allied Health Professional (i.e. they must be registered with the NMC, HCPC or GPC upon commencement of study).  The definition of Allied Health Professions is taken from the Health Professions Council Register.  Biomedical and clinical scientists may be registered with the HCPC or registered through recognised voluntary regulatory arrangements via the Academy for Healthcare Science. Please note that RCBCWales does not have the funding capacity to consider professionals from outside of these healthcare professional groups.• Candidates normally require a first degree (or equivalent) from a University or Institution recognised by the 6 Higher Education Institutions involved in RCBC Wales.• Successful applicants must be resident in Wales for the duration of the award.• Please note that RCBCWales is not an employing body and all Fellows must be in employment in Wales in order to take up the Fellowship.• Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.
Please leave sufficient time to obtain the declaration from your proposed (first choice) supervisor and confirmation of support from both the higher education institution (HEI) and your employer. Please consider including in your application your other preferred institutions. See advert and further information for RCBCWales contact details at each of the participating universities: Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Glyndwr and Swansea Universities and the University of South Wales. General enquiries may be addressed to Marina McDonald, RCBCWales, University of South Wales.  Email: marina.mcdonald@southwales.ac.uk  Please note that RCBC Wales Fellowships are offered on the basis that they are potentially subject to change in the event of changes to the fee and student support regime applicable in Wales.

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