Leicestershire Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Doctoral Training Programme


Can I pitch my own project?

No, the DTP works by matching promising candidates to their preferred pre-determined project, outlined in the project section of this website, and fitting into our key themes.

In the application portal, there is no provision to select which projects I am interested in. What do I do?

Please include the titles of the project(s) you wish to apply for within the applicant statement.

Should I contact the supervisor of a project I’m interested in before I apply?

Supervisors will be happy to answer specific questions you may have.

Can applicants use employer references as part of their application?


Do reference letters need to contain anything in particular?

References should refer to your academic ability and experiences you have had in your education. Remember to ask your referees before putting their names down, and it always helps for them to know about the scheme you are applying for.

How is a candidate’s suitability for a given project evaluated?

Aside from evidence of the appropriate skills to conduct the PhD, we are interested in candidates who show enthusiasm for their chosen subject and good potential to thrive in the research environment. In addition, candidates will be selected on the basis of fitting into the cohort that we are building each year. 

What sort of experience are you looking for in a candidate?

An academic/clinical background in the relevant subject is preferred but not essential. You do not require a Master’s degree to participate. Your skills and potential are key.

Is there flexibility around the projects to include a student's research interests?

In this DTP, we are mainly looking to find researchers who are happy to take up one of the proposed research projects. 

If I apply for more than one project, will I get interviewed for each one separately?

You will only be interviewed once, and your suitability for the projects will be decided during that interview by the supervisors of these projects. 

Can I apply for a project even if I don’t have experience in some of the areas detailed in the project description?

It is not necessary for you to already be an expert in the subject of the project you have selected. We will provide training and your skills and knowledge will expand with the programme. 

When will I be informed about the outcome of my applications?

Shortlisting will begin soon after the deadline for this programme, and successful candidates will be informed within 2-3 weeks of the outcome of their application. After the interview, we will aim to inform you as soon as possible whether you have been successful in securing a place in this year’s cohort.

Will interviews be held virtually?

Yes, for applicants wishing to start their PhD in October 2022, we will be conducting interviews virtually via Microsoft Teams. 

What are the main skills you are looking for in a candidate?

PhDs are difficult and require a lot of dedication and passion. We will look for highly motivated candidates, who show an enthusiasm for their projects and a keen interest in research work. Within each project, we will also look for particular skills, which will ensure that you can successfully complete your degree.

Does the University help with finding and organising accommodation?

University accommodation will be available for successful candidates, and the university accommodation office will help with finding a suitable place. 

Is there support for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties?

We are very happy to discuss any needs you have. The University has a wide range of helpful options to make applying and studying with us as easy as possible. You can discuss any particular needs with your supervisor, or you can ask the programme coordinator about specific arrangements or worries at lhiip@leicester.ac.uk.

Can I participate part-time?

This programme aims to be as inclusive as possible, and this also pertains to arranging studies around busy family lives or other commitments. The programme is flexible and will accommodate part-time arrangements.

However, part-time working is not permitted for the purposes of continuing clinical training or to maintain another salaried position. Your salary must be 100% attributed to the fellowship.

Do I have to relocate to participate in this DTP?

This programme is Leicestershire based, and you will be expected to attend training, placements and cohort-building activities here in Leicester, so to help you succeed in the programme and to spare your resources (time and money) it is very much recommended that you are able to be present.

I am a dentist, am I eligible to participate?

Currently, this programme is limited to allied health professionals, nurses, midwives, junior doctors and general practitioners only. 

I am a pharmacist, am I eligible to participate?

Currently, this programme is limited to allied health professionals, nurses, midwives, junior doctors and general practitioners only.

How can I maintain my clinical skills while I am on this programme?

Fellows will be permitted to undertake 0.2 FTE clinical work to maintain their skills, and craft specialists (e.g. midwives) could undertake up to 0.4 FTE, depending on the mode of study. This will be paid for through the programme, and arranged with the help of the supervisor. However, fellows are not permitted to retain a second job or undertake this fellowship part time for the purpose of continuing clinical training. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your particular needs at lhiip@leicester.ac.uk

LHIIP live Q&A

On the 23 January 2023, Professor Sally Singh (programme director), Professor Amanda Daley (co-director representing Loughborough University), Dr Sylvie Kilford (programme coordinator) and Frank Arsenaydis (programme fellow) hosted a Teams Live Q&A event to address questions from applicants and those interested in applying for the programme. Watch the recorded event.

*Correction: At 36 minutes 55 seconds, in answer to the question about whether GPs are eligible to apply to the programme, we state that only doctors in training and GPs in primary care are eligible to apply for this programme. Please be advised that as per the eligibility criteria, all junior doctors and GPs are eligible to apply for this programme.

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