The HEE funded NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme

The Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme is a series of funded internships and fellowships aimed at professionals at different stages of their careers.


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As regulated health professionals, healthcare scientists are eligible to apply.

The different levels of these awards have different eligibility criteria and different funding commitments. They are not intended to be necessarily stepped through in turn from one to the next in a continuous manner but are available at different stages of career progression. Click below for further information about this programme.



These are aimed at giving healthcare professionals a taste for research and experience of a research environment to see if it is for them. They are funded and run regionally by Health Education England (HEE) and a partner higher education institution. Click below for further information about internships.



The following fellowships are funded by HEE and administered by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy through the ICA Oversight committee:

  • The Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) replaced a funded MSc Scheme and is aimed at giving people the grounding to go for a Doctoral Fellowship
  • The Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship provides for the completion of a PhD

These are followed by the lectureships (Clinical Lectureships and Senior Clinical Lectureships) which support Post-Doctoral career development.


Last updated on 15th February 2024