Research scholarship

Scholars are awarded funding to support research projects which have a direct impact on healthcare and benefit patient care.

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

Research scholars will work with a Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing/Midwifery on an agreed research project and to help them develop their own clinical academic career.

Available research synopses – download further information on internship opportunities here.

Specialist research scholarships include:

Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists Scholarships

For nurses working in the UK within respiratory services.

Charlie Waller Scholarships

For research into adolescents and young adults with depression and/or other mental health issues

CRH Charitable Trust

For nurses working in Mental Health in England.  We particularly welcome applications from nurses working in NW England.

Menat Trust Scholarships

For nurses working in the area of care for children and families with cardiac anomalies.

St Barnabas House

Developing research capability and capacity

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Benefits for you

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 as an Intern with a Clinical Professor for one day per week for twelve months.

Please note, this will be negotiated following your success at 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
  • A high profile award ceremony at end of scholarship year

Key Dates

Advert opens 27th July 2018 and closes 14th September 2018
Shortlisting will take place in late September 2018
Interviews will take place during October and November 2018

For successful applicants see below for key dates:

Welcome day: 11th March 2019

Celebration event – TBC

Eligibility criteria

Research scholarships are for Registered Nurses and Midwives in the UK, or those who will be registered with NMC at the start of the internship, March 2019. You must be interested in pursuing a clinical academic career.

Application process

  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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