Senior Fellowships- THIS Institute

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2019.06.04

Senior fellowships are an opportunity for an established researcher in a senior academic role (senior lecturer / associate professor or above ) to undertake a visionary, field-changing sabbatical, unencumbered by routine duties.

A senior fellowship is intended to be held full-time for six to twelve months in order to maximise the benefits of the sabbatical. We will consider awarding part-time senior fellowships, at a minimum of 0.5TE, over a maximum of 24 months. The fellowship funds can be used to cover back-fill lecturer pay, research and/or sabbatical costs up to £100,000 in total.

This money can be used flexibly, but may not be used to fund additional researcher time on the project or salaries other than back-fill lecturer time. Funding is made available exclusively to release the senior fellow from routine work to enable focus on the specific work proposed for the duration of the fellowship.

We offer membership of THIS Space and access to a mentoring scheme at no cost to fellows.#

For more information please visit the THIS Institute website 

Who can apply

Applications are welcome from individuals with clinical or non-clinical professional backgrounds and from a range of disciplines.

You must be currently based at a UK university but may choose to spend your sabbatical at another institution, for example, another university in the UK or abroad, or a think-tank, healthcare provider or policy organisation.

Applicants must be approved by their university’s administrative or financial authority. More than one application per university can be submitted.

What we’re looking for

We will assess:

  • Your record of academic excellence in improvement research
  • The vision of your proposed fellowship work and how it will make a difference in the broad field of improvement research
  • Your record of leadership in forming collaborations to maximise influence and impact
  • Your commitment to advancing improvement research

Your university department

Contact your university department as early as possible in the application process. Applicants will need to have gained approval in principle from the Head of School / Vice Chancellor, or other senior post-holder as appropriate, to undertake the fellowship.

What’s expected of the host institution?

If you will be based at another institution for a sabbatical, the host should be in a position to guarantee you space and facilities for the full period of the fellowship.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via our Fellowship Management System. All applications should be supported by the head of department and approved by an administrative authority/finance office in the applying university.

Stages of applications

1. Before you apply

We encourage you to check that your application is eligible and competitive by reading the guidance for applicants.

2. Submit your application

All applications must be submitted online through the Fellowship Management System.

3. Review and shortlisting

Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria included in the guidance for applicants. Shortlisted applications will be sent for external peer review.

4. Interview

Interviews will take place in Cambridge.

5. Final decision

We will write to you to confirm our final decision.


We will host senior fellow competitions annually between 2018 and 2026.