Current Opportunities for Researchers


Supporting advanced education

ARC KSS works with other organisations to maximise opportunities for individuals to develop their research career through fellowships, supporting researchers to apply for NIHR opportunities and through funded PhD scholarships. You can find out more about the researchers undertaking a PhD or fellowship with the ARC KSS academy on our Staff page.

ARC KSS Fellowships and Scholarship Opportunities

University of Kent funded ARC KSS PhD scholarships 

  • Centre for Health Service Studies ARC PhD Studentship in Co-production - full details here .  Closing date 27 May 2022, BST 23.59
  • Centre for Health Service Studies and Kent and Medway Medical School ARC KSS PhD Studentship in Migrant Mental Health - full details here.  Closing date 17 June 2022, BST 23.59
  • Centre for Health Service Studies ARC PhD Studentship in Public Health - full details here.  Closing date 20 June 2022, BST 23.59
  • SSPSSR ARC PhD Studentship in Social Work Research - full details here.  Closing date 30 June 2022, BST 23.59


Individual Development Awards (Springboard)

Aimed at individuals employed by a health or social care organisation who are an ARC KSS member organisation to undertake activities aimed at developing research skills.  For further details please see the Springboard Advert and to apply the Application Form. There are two SpringBoard application deadlines for this year 5pm on:- 29 April 2022 or 16 September 2022.  

View awardees of previous rounds of the Individual Development Awards:-  Round 1 - 2021Round 2 - 2021

Research Poster Competition 2021-22 

ARC KSS would like to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by applied health and social care researchers during the last 12-18 months with examples of excellence in the contribution of research to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, including:-

  • Research with under-represented groups and communities.
  • Project/s that demonstrate excellence in EDI through participation, involvement, co-production and engagement.

For more information please click here.  Deadline for competition entry - 5pm, 20 May 2022

ARC KSS Mentorship Programme

Individual mentorship is available for all applied researchers within ARC KSS member organisations to support their research career.  The aim of the ARC KSS Mentorship Programme is to:-

  • Provide inclusive opportunities to support the development of academics, health professionals and social care or social work professionals pursuing an applied research career trajectory and have a positive impact on people’s career aspirations.  

  • To develop an increased number of applied researchers across health and social care settings and to develop the research leaders of the future. 

  • To support the sharing of expertise and skills that showcase the key contribution research can make to enhancing quality evidence-based care and the patient/client experience. 

For further details regarding the scheme and how to sign up to become a mentor or mentee please see our Q&A's here.   

Developing Research Careers Group

We are keen to make sure we have input from researchers who are currently building their health or social care research careers to ensure we can build support and events that will truly help people progress in their aspirations.  Our Developing Research Careers Group supports our capacity building activities. We host networking events a few times a year so the group can share their work and challenges.   If you would like to join this group please complete the sign-up form. 

ARC KSS Academy Newsletter

Sign up to receive our newsletter which features researcher development information, events, features, blogs and more.   View March 2022 issue.

Funding Opportunities

You can find comprehensive lists of funding opportunities relevant to ARC on the Academy hub – browse all funding opportunities here

We want to hear from you

Tell us how ARC KSS can support your learning and development needs relevant to applied research and how we can support applied research activity to inform practice and service transformation.   You can get in touch by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or follow us on twitter @ARC_KSS

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