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Improvement Science Fellowships This senior post-doctoral fellowship offers three years’ funding to lead original, applied research dedicated to improving health care in the UK


This fellowship is closed for applications.

This fellowship includes a unique leadership development programme and facilitated action learning sets, enabling Fellows to develop their potential to become leaders in the field and build practical knowledge about what works to improve health care.

Key facts about Improvement Science Fellowships:

  • Up to five post-doctoral research fellowships are available.
  • We are seeking clinicians, NHS Managers or academics with potential to be the future leaders of improvement science and the essential skills to run major research programmes to improve the quality of health care in the UK.
  • Over three years, Fellows will receive funding for full-time salary and research costs.
  • Fellows will participate in a tailored leadership development programme including group sessions, action learning sets, individual coaching and the opportunity to work with international experts in improvement science.
  • Fellows will need to demonstrate leadership skills and significant research or improvement in practice experience.  
  • A PhD, professional doctorate or an MD is the minimum entry requirement. We encourage applications from clinicians who wish to combine research with continuing clinical practice.

Read more about our current and previous Improvement Science Fellows below.

Interested in improvement research funding opportunities?

In January 2018 the Health Foundation established THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute), an improvement research institute that will develop evidence on a massive scale across the NHS about what works to improve patient care.

THIS Institute aims to create a world-leading asset for the NHS and for science by strengthening the evidence base for improving health care.

This builds on our progress in developing the field of improvement science. The Improvement Science Fellowships are now part of this exciting new venture.

If you are interested in funding opportunities for post-doctoral, PhD or senior fellowships, visit the THIS Institute website.

Further reading

Dr Helen Hogan

Helen is an Improvement Science Fellow and Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Steve Harris

Steve is an Improvement Science Fellow, Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Information at University College London, and Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, University Co...


Paula Baraitser

Paula is a Improvement Science Fellow, and Senior Lecturer, King’s College London and Consultant, King’s College Hospital.


Natalie Armstrong

Natalie is an Improvement Science Fellow and Professor of Healthcare Improvement Research​, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester.

Natalie Armstrong

Claire Barley

Claire is an Improvement Science Fellow and Organisation Design and Development Lead at UK Health Security Agency.

Ramani Moonesinghe

Ramani is a Improvement Science Fellow, a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Critical Care Medicine at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Associate Clinical Director for Electiv...


Dougal Hargreaves

Dougal is an Improvement Science Fellow and Harkness Fellow, and Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Child Health.


Dr Julie Reed

Julie is an Improvement Science Fellow and Deputy Director at NIHR CLAHRC North West London (based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Imperial College London)


Davina Allen

Davina is an Improvement Science Fellow and Registered General Nurse and Professor at Cardiff University.

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