NIHR INSIGHT (North East & North Cumbria) are very pleased to be able to offer 30 fully-funded Research Masters studentships starting in September 2024.

Applications are invited from final year students and newly registered healthcare, social work, and public health professionals in the North East and North Cumbria who are progressing towards a wide range of research careers, focussing on blending research and practice.

The funded places are available for the following full-time and part-time MSc, MRes, and MClinRes programmes:


Northumbria University


Newcastle University


Teeside University



    1. Students from registered healthcare, social work and public health professions at an early stage in their career. This includes undergraduate and postgraduate students or early career professionals that have recently completed their professional registration with any of the following:
      • Academy for Healthcare Science
      • General Chiropractic Council
      • General Dental Council
      • General Medical Council
      • General Optical Council
      • General Osteopathic Council
      • General Pharmaceutical Council
      • Health and Care Professions Council
      • Nursing and Midwifery Council
      • Social Work England
      • UK Public Health Register

2. Living or working in the North East and North Cumbria from September 2024.


Not eligible:

. Doctors and dentists
. International students


Register for our NIHR INSIGHT North East & Cumbria Q&A Webinar

If you’d like to find out more, or have any questions – register for our Q&A Webinar on 13 June (1-2pm) here.


Applying for a funded studentship

Submit your online application here.

You will be asked to respond to the following questions, so we recommend you prepare these responses in advance so you can paste them in to the application form:

  1. Personal statement – please tell us about yourself (max 250 words)
  2. Tell us how completing this programme will enhance your research career. (max 250 words)
  3. Undertaking a Masters programme is a big commitment. Describe your plan for effective time management and managing competing demands with work or other commitments. (max 100 words)
  4. State your first, second and third preferences from the available Masters programmes – see above for links to each programme for more information.


If you are currently working – please ensure you have spoken to your supervisor before applying to ensure they can support you with time and mentoring through the study period. You will need to send us a letter/email of support from your employer to

If you have already secured a place on one of these Research Masters courses starting in September 2024 – you will be eligible to apply for the funding retrospectively.

Please note: If you are successful in this application, a place will be held for you, but you will also be required to undertake the application process with the relevant institution to complete the process.


Key dates:

28th May: Applications open
13th June: NIHR INSIGHT North East & Cumbria Webinar (1-2pm)
10th July: Applications close
23rd July: Notification of outcomes of application.



If you have any questions or would like to request a copy of the GDPR statement for this programme, please send them to


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