News & Latest 16.10.2023

Applications for the ARC East of England fellowship programme 2024 are now open!

NIHR ARC East of England fellowship programme offers health, social care, and third-sector professionals an opportunity to develop research and implementation skills. The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 November.

NIHR ARC East of England Fellowship Programme 2024

We are pleased to announce that applications for our ARC East of England Fellowship programme 2024 are now open. Our flagship fellowship programme aims to equip clinicians, health and social care practitioners, voluntary sector staff, and managers in health and social care services across the East of England with the knowledge and skills to undertake an applied research or implementation project related to their role and organisation. 

In the short film below, our Director, Professor Wendy Wills, shares the benefits of our fellowship programme and invites you to learn more. Click to play below:

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What types of fellowship programmes do we offer?

This year, we have two fellowship programmes available:

  • ARC Research Fellowship

The research fellowship is a 12-month programme that aims to develop an understanding of the research environment and build skills in research methodology, service redesign, and change management.

In this video, Bryony Dale, a Service User Network Manager and Facilitator for Personality Disorders and Complex Needs at Essex Partnership University NHS Trust, shares her experiences and why she decided to apply for an ARC East of England fellowship. Click to play below:

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  • ARC Implementation Fellowship

In partnership with Health Innovation East, the ARC Implementation Fellowship is a 12-month tailored programme, which aims to develop knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based improvements in health and social care settings.

Why should I apply to the ARC East of England Fellowship programme?

The ARC Fellowship was established in 2010. Since then, 141 ARC Fellowships have been awarded and we have also hosted 9 NIHR-funded Mental Health Fellowships and 4 Social Care Research in Practice Fellowships. Our Fellowship programme has supported a number of professionals in their careers, whether that be exploring the research field further or giving them the confidence within their own roles to support evidence-informed practice. The fellowship programme has a number of benefits, including:

  • Expert teaching

A series of workshops designed to enhance your research and implementation skills. Led by experts in their respective fields, each session focuses on a different topic, ranging from statistics to how to involve the public and patients in health and social care research. 

  • Backfill funding

You will be funded by the ARC for one day a week for a year (to a maximum of £12,500). This ensures that you have dedicated time every week to undertake your project, attend workshops and participate in action learning sets.

  • Supported by a specialist supervisor

You will have a supervisor who will provide guidance and assistance throughout your project to ensure its success. We carefully align your supervisor to your project so that they can provide the expertise and knowledge necessary to address any challenges and provide valuable feedback.

  • Networking opportunities

Our Action Learning Sets aim to create a supportive community where you can share experiences, seek advice, and collaborate with your peers. 

“The ARC Fellowship was a key steppingstone in starting my clinical academic career and opened doors to further projects and funding. Without the fellowship, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Allison Bentley, Former ARC Fellow and Research Associate

Who can apply?

Clinicians, health and social care practitioners, and managers in health and social care services across the East of England are eligible to apply for both the ARC East of England fellowship programmes. Voluntary sector staff can only apply for the research fellowship. No previous research experience is necessary to apply for our fellowship programme, but a commitment to applying research and the best evidence to improve health and social care services is essential.

What to do next?

If you’re interested in applying for a research fellowship, it is recommended that you think about a suitable senior academic or clinical academic who would be able to advise you on how to write your research project protocol. If you don’t know anyone suitable, then please get in touch with the ARC EoE Office ( and we will try to put you in touch with an academic to support you in the application process.

For those who would like to apply for an implementation fellowship, contact the ARC EoE Office ( who will put you in contact with the Health Innovation East, who lead implementation for the ARC EoE. They will be able to discuss your proposed project with you.   

For more information, please contact the ARC Office (

The deadline for the fellowship applications is Thursday 30 November 2023.

Read more about the ARC East of England Fellowship programme here

Read the ARC East of England Fellowship 2024 brochure here