Frequently asked questions
What is a NICE Fellowship and what is a NICE Scholarship?
Both NICE Fellowships and NICE Scholarships are opportunities for health, public health and social care professionals to learn about and get involved with the inner workings of NICE and to network with likeminded advocates of evidence based practice. Fellows and Scholars work with NICE to improve the quality of care and to contribute to their own professional development. The two schemes share some workshop content, but have a different programme structure and objectives.
Who is eligible?
Information on the eligibility criteria for NICE Fellowships and Scholarships is available on the NICE website.
How long do NICE Fellowships and Scholarships last?
NICE Fellowships last three years. NICE Scholarships last a year.
How much time do NICE Fellowships and Scholarships take up?
As a guide, Fellows are expected to spend on average 7.5 hours per month on Fellowship activities and Scholars are expected to spend on average 7.5 hours a week on Scholarship activities. The exact amount of time that successful applicants will spend on Fellowships and Scholarship activities will vary, as will the way in which they allocate their time.
What do NICE Fellows and NICE Scholars do?
NICE Fellows are ambassadors for clinical, social care and public health excellence in their local areas and more widely. This might involve championing the implementation of NICE guidance, presenting at conferences, getting involved in the education and training of staff or liaising with professional bodies. NICE Fellows should influence others within their networks
NICE Scholars are also expected to be ambassadors for clinical, public health and social care excellence but their work will mostly be project-based. For more information on the things that NICE Scholars might do, see ‘NICE Scholarship activities: a guide for applicants', as well as the profiles of the current Fellows and Scholars. The work of NICE Fellows and Scholars needs to be relevant to NICE's work, be valuable to their local employers, and contribute to professional development.
Where do NICE Fellows and Scholars carry out their activities?
NICE Fellows and Scholars carry out their activities in their local area. However, it is necessary for Fellows and Scholars occasionally to travel to the NICE office in either London or Manchester in order to attend meetings. Fellows may also be expected to travel regionally and nationally as part of their ambassadorial role.
Are Fellows and Scholars paid?
No. Neither NICE Fellowships nor NICE Scholarship are paid. NICE will, however, meet all reasonable expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation) incurred in the course of carrying out Fellowship or Scholarship activities.
How do I apply?
See the NICE website for full details of the application process and all the necessary documents.
Why should my employer sponsor me to be a NICE Fellow or Scholar?
The application process for NICE Fellowships and Scholarships requires applicants to obtain a letter of reference and organisational support from their employer. In requesting this, applicants are encouraged to draw their employer's attention to the range of benefits which the NICE Fellows and Scholars programme offers local health and social care organisations. Sponsoring a NICE Fellow or Scholar is an excellent way of contributing to a staff member's professional development and also provides the sponsoring organisation with a better understanding of how NICE works. Even more importantly, an organisation which sponsors a NICE Fellow or Scholar is helping to improve the quality of care in its local area. Many of the activities that NICE Fellows and Scholars might perform are things which local health and social care organisations already need to do, e.g. audit, implementation of NICE guidance. In such cases, sponsoring a NICE Fellow or Scholar might be regarded as bringing an existing activity or project under the heading of a NICE Fellowship or Scholarship. The benefit of doing so is that the Fellow or Scholar concerned will have the direct support of NICE, which will assist the individual in carrying out the activity. Find out more on the benefits to local health and social care organisations of implementing NICE guidance.
Can my application for a NICE Fellowship or Scholarship be supported by my Royal College or other professional body?
Yes. NICE welcomes applications for NICE Fellowships and Scholarships which come with the support of Royal Colleges and other professional bodies. The professional body should indicate support for the application by the provision of one of the two professional references which all applicants for Fellowships and Scholarships have to arrange as part of the application process. It should however be noted that this support does not guarantee selection.
NICE does not require applicants who belong to a College to be supported by it and the programme is open to health and social care professionals who do not belong to Royal Colleges.
This page was last updated: 12 September 2013