Our 2nd annual Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship competition is now live and will close to applications on the 15th of November. As you’ll be aware, this scheme represents the next step for our PLAF awardees and shares the same aim of supporting research capacity development with LA settings.

As such, and given your obvious influence is associated spaces, I’d be really grateful if you could disseminate this opportunity as widely as you feel able.

In order to help, we’ve pulled the following together:

  1. A short summary of the scheme

The Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (DLAF) scheme supports individuals based within local authorities and supporting services to undertake a fully funded PhD. These fully funded doctoral fellowships allow awardees to retain their existing employment contracts and salaries, whilst protecting their time to undertake a research doctorate, academic training, professional development and some appropriate continued practice. When taken full-time, fellowships have a duration of three years, but can be taken over as long as six years when taken part-time.

  1. Our latest tweet promoting the launch (please do retweet if possible!):


  1. A notification of the launch from the NIHR website that describes the scheme (and which links to applicant guidance and the application form):


  1. A case study of one of our Doctoral Local Authority Fellows, who made a successful application to last year’s pilot:


  1. A page on the NIHR website that describes the wider Local Authority Academic Fellowship Programme and our associated opportunities.


If you get any queries as a result, or just because people know you are associated through the PLAF scheme, please do feel free to contact Dr Pal Martin mal.palin@nihr.ac.uk.