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Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (DLAF) Round 2


Supporting Information

  • Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship Guidance Notes (coming soon)

The Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (DLAF) scheme funds individuals based within local authorities and supporting services to undertake a PhD by research whilst concurrently developing professional skill sets within their existing setting.

The DLAF is a three year award (up to six years part time), of which:

  • approximately 80% will be spent working and developing academically,
  • approximately 20% will be spent in practice and undertaking professional development. 

We require that applicants have the support of an English local authority or supporting service and an English university, and propose to hold a contract of employment with one of these organisations for the hours and duration of the fellowship.

DLAFs are available to individuals of any profession (excluding doctors or dentists) and so represent a particularly exciting opportunity for individuals who are not eligible for support through the HEE/NIHR ICA Programme but wish to develop a practitioner academic career.

The fellowship funds:

  • PhD tuition fees,
  • salary at the fellow’s existing rate,
  • the costs of an appropriate research project,
  • the costs of tailored professional and academic training programmes.

Competition timetable

The timetable below details the key dates in the selection process.

Competition opens: 15 September 2022

Competition closes: 15 November 2022

Interviews for short-listed applicants: Spring 2023

Start dates of awards: September 2023 to March 2024


For more information about the funding Programme, visit the NIHR Local Authority Academic Fellowship Programme page