Research Scholarship Schemes

Without the scholarship I would not have been able to fund the course and complete the dissertation project, which would have meant the work I was doing would not have been shared and therefore national policy would not have been influenced.

Angela Star

NHS England

Research Scholarship overview

We are offering 2 Research Scholarship Schemes; 1. Research Internships  2. Research Scholarships (Masters dissertation or PhD fees).

1. Research Internships Research Interns will be awarded funding to support a research internship in nursing or midwifery. Research Interns will work in an established research team led by a Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing/Midwifery on an agreed research project that will have a direct impact on healthcare. Interns will be helped to develop their research skills and pursue a clinical academic career.

Applications for the internships are welcome from clinical nurses and midwives wishing to enhance their research knowledge and skills and pursue a clinical academic career by undertaking doctoral or post-doctoral level research in one of following practice related areas:

  • The Management of Pain
  • The Management of End of Life Care
  • Enhancing Patient Safety

A range of internships are available and further information can be downloaded here

These internships are sponsored by:
  • The Band Trust
  • Stephanie Thompson Memorial Trust

2. Research Scholarships (Masters dissertation & PhD fees) Masters dissertation or PhD course fees will be paid however your research must align with one of the areas below:

  • Researching an aspect of care for adolescents and young adults with depression and/or other mental health issues.
  • Researching an aspect of mental health care.

These scholarships are sponsored by:

  • The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
  • CRH Charitable Trust


The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Scholarship

A scholarship is available for a nurse researching an aspect of care for adolescents and young adults with depression and/or other mental health issues.

CRH Charitable Trust Scholarship

A scholarship is available for a nurse in England researching an aspect of mental health care. We particularly welcome applications from nurses working in NW England.

Benefits for you

Research Internships: The opportunity to work with a Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing/Midwifery to develop a research project and prepare a further research funding application to develop your career as a clinical academic. Funding is available to release you from your clinical/academic work to work for the equivalent of one day per week for twelve months. Please note, the amount of release will be negotiated following a successful interview, and is dependent on your payband (that is the more senior you are, the less funded time will be available for this project.

  • Impact policy and practice

    Scholars report the positive impact their evidence-based research has had on improving patient care and health outcomes.
  • Network with like-minded nurses and midwives

    Scholars are now part of a growing Alumni network (over 600) providing on-going support and in some cases, friends for life.
  • New knowledge through evidence-based approaches

    Like Florence, scholars will work on evidence-based approaches and use and share their new knowledge to impact patients and lead changes in policy and practice.

Benefits for employer

  • Improvement in patient and health outcomes
  • Retention of staff – scholars stay in healthcare
  • Enabler of succession planning

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Research Scholarship

The scholarship is normally 12 months which includes:
  • A Welcome day
  • Working with an appointed Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing / Midwifery
  • Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service, Westminster Abbey
  • A high profile award ceremony at end of scholarship year

Key Dates

Applications are now closed. 

Shortlisting will take place in October 2019.

Interviews will take place between November – December 2019.

For successful applicants the scholarship year will begin April 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Research scholarships are for Registered Nurses and Midwives in the UK. Research Internships: Registered with NMC at the start of the Internship, April 2020. You must be interested in pursuing a clinical academic career. CRH Charitable Trust: Registered Nurse/Midwife working in England.

Application process

Nominator Form for Line Manager

Nominator Form for Chief Nurse

  1. Apply online
  2. Successful applications are selected for a panel based interview

Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC registration documentation
  • Details of your employer’s authorisation to release you from your current role
  • Signed terms and conditions

Please note before application.

  • Applications that do not demonstrate commitment to the profession, improving patient and health outcomes, commitment to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni will not be considered
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without line manager support will not be accepted.

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