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Clinical Scholar Gold Award

The Clinical Scholar Gold award launched in January 2017 and supports the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) pathway for clinicians outside of medicine and dentistry wishing to pursue a clinical academic career. The Gold award complements the existing highly successful Bronze and Silver awards, which develops the individual along the HEE/NIHR ICA career pathway to increase capacity and capability to deliver innovative research projects to improve practice and patient outcomes.


The Gold award is designed to support post-doctoral individuals in applying for the HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship scheme or equivalent, which sees their time split evenly between academia and the NHS to become clinical academic research leaders in their field. This unique award offers up to £15,000 in funding for development activities to support applications to a Clinical Lectureship scheme.

Gold scholars are required to develop a programme of activities to support their learning needs prior to a Clinical Lectureship application. This may include:

  • Visiting other research institutes
  • Building research collaboration
  • Funding for mentorship
  • Undertaking research placements at another institute
  • Attending conferences and presenting work
  • Writing up research papers
  • Developing research networks
  • Training and leadership skills
  • Salary support

Deadlines for the 2017 Gold award are as follows:

HEE EM Clinical Scholar Gold Awards Application Deadline: Friday 10 March 2017

Interviews: Thursday 30 March 2017

HEE EM Clinical Scholar Gold Award Start Date: Monday 10 April 2017

For further information please see guidance notes and application form below.

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