Royal College of Chiropractors PhD Studentship Grants

In 2015, the RCC announced £100k of matched-funding towards full-time PhD studentships (approximately £8k per student per annum) within the UK between 2015 and 2018. The aim of this initiative was to develop research expertise and to contribute to the evidence-base in areas of priority.

Applications were invited from UK Higher Education Institutions in the following research areas:

  • Economic evaluation of chiropractic service provision in the UK
  • Development of patient-reported outcome measures to enhance management and recovery of chiropractic patients
  • Chiropractic patient safety
  • Prognostic research – identification of sub-groups of patients likely to respond to chiropractic management

The RCC awarded 50% of the cost of the full-time three-year studentships with the remaining 50% provided by the Higher Education Institution and/or other grant-awarding body. Priority was given to collaborative ventures between chiropractic and non-chiropractic institutions. The students appointed to the studentships did not need to be chiropractor, but had to demonstrate a background relevant to the proposed area of study.

The funding decisions were based on the quality and feasibility of the proposed research, the extent to which it addresses the RCC’s priority research areas, the background and expertise of the supervisor/s and the suitability of the study environment.

The application form and associated terms and conditions of award can be accessed, for reference, below:

RCC PhD studentship grant_application form
RCC PhD studentship grant_terms and conditions of award

RCC funding for studentships from 2019 onwards will be announced here shortly.