Postgraduate research

Leicestershire Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Doctoral Training Programme

Qualification: PhD

Department: Population Health Sciences

Application deadline: To be confirmed

Start date: 1 October 2023


This prestigious PhD programme will look to address the unique health issues faced by Leicester and Leicestershire’s ethnically and culturally diverse population, recently amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to funding from the Wellcome Trust, we are offering funding opportunities for 25 Research Fellows over five years, which will provide nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and doctors with the chance to pursue academic research.  

Funding provided by the PhD Programme for Healthcare Professionals (HCP’s) will cover three years’ salary for each Fellow, as well as experimental research costs and training, delivered in partnership with the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester City Council’s Public Health team, and Leicester City CCG.

The Fellows will also benefit from well-established partnerships across the regional and national healthcare system, local government, industry and community groups in addition to the expertise at Leicester with the aim of developing a generation of innovative world-leading researchers in under-represented groups of health care professionals addressing important areas of health inequalities.

The programme will open to new applications in January 2023. More information about making an application can be found in the ‘eligibility and how to apply’ sections below.

The programme will offer:

  • Various projects to support nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and doctors
  • Funding will cover three years’ salary for each Fellow, as well as experimental research costs and training
  • Total of 25 awards over 5 years (may be taken on a part-time basis - can be discussed at interview)

Learn more about the Wellcome Trust funded LHII Doctoral Training Programme

Projects for October 2023

Projects to follow shortly.



The Wellcome Trust LHII DTP funding will provide:

  • Funding will cover three years salary for each Fellow
  • UK Tuition Fees for three years
  • Experimental research costs and training

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our vision is to create a vibrant, supportive, interdisciplinary and flexible training programme to attract underrepresented HCPs and become a beacon site for nurse, midwife and allied health professional (NMAHPs) led research nationally and internationally.

You can apply for our PhD fellowship if you are a graduate or student who has, or expects to obtain, a degree in the allied health professions, nursing or midwifery or are practicing doctor.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For further information, please e-mail

How to apply

How to apply

To submit your application, please use the relevant Apply Button at the bottom of the page and select September 2022 from the dropdown menu.

With your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcripts to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Evidence of English language if available
  • In the references section, please enter the contact details of two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload reference letters if already obtained
  • Complete and upload the Widening Participation Questionnaire in the Research Proposal Section ( you do not need to upload a proposal)

In the funding section, please state Wellcome Trust LHII DTP

In the research proposal section, please provide the names of the project supervisor and the project title you want to be considered for in the spaces provided. You can list up to 2 projects.



Open to UK applicants who meet the following criteria.

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject.  

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

This programme is open to: 

Fellows recruited to the programme must be practicing healthcare professionals and be registered with a national professional regulatory body (e.g. the General Medical Council, Health and Care Professions Council) in the UK/Republic of Ireland.

Medical graduates must be registered on a UK/Republic of Ireland specialist training programme or must be a registered GP.

All fellows must have completed their undergraduate degree and be registered with the relevant professional body.

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