Entry-level Research Scholarships for Midwives

Our 2020 Entry-level Research Scholarships for Midwives round is now CLOSED.

Our Entry-level Research Scholarships for Midwives round is now CLOSED and will open in summer 2020.

These awards are supported by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Burdett Trust for Nursing. Applicants must be full members of the RCM.

Wellbeing of Women, in association with the Royal College of Midwives and the Burdett Trust for Nursing, is inviting Entry-level Research Scholarship (ELS) applications for training in midwifery, maternity services, clinical or translational research in one of the following areas:

  • Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period
  • General wellbeing surrounding women’s health issues

Scholarships are a maximum of £20,000 and are awarded, normally for up to one year, to contribute to salary and/or research costs. The research must be undertaken in the UK or Ireland.

The aim of these awards is to provide ‘pump-priming’ funds to enable candidates to be exposed to a research environment, or to obtain pilot data for bids for definitive funding. Applicants would normally be new to the research discipline and will not previously have been heavily involved in substantial or funded research projects.

An ELS is not intended as a ‘top-up’ for existing grants. It is aimed at midwives who already have their academic time funded and who would benefit from consumable, equipment or supervisory salary support in order to undertake their own research study. However, if appropriate, the ELS can be used for some of the applicant’s salary. It is anticipated that award of an ELS would allow the study to be adopted onto the NIHR research portfolio and access to NHS Service Support Costs.

Example application form and guidelines can be downloaded on the right.

If you have any queries, please contact Jeremy Barratt, Head of Research, at jbarratt@wellbeingofwomen.org.uk or on 0203 697 6350.

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