School of Health in Social Science

The RCNF Neuro-Rehab Fellows Studentship

The Royal College of Nursing Foundation (RCNF) in partnership with SameYou is providing funding for a 1 year, full-time, Scholarship OR a two year, part-time Scholarship for the MSc by Research (Nursing) for a Home (UK student) to commence in September 2023 (part-time) or January 2024 (full time).

Summary of RCNF Scholarship 

The RCN Foundation supports every member of the nursing team as they care for patients and improve the UK's health and wellbeing. Read more about RCN Foundation story and impact. Their grants for nursing-led research and projects, as well as for education and hardship, support professionals to innovate, develop their careers and get through tough times. They champion the nursing team and its achievements, celebrating the difference it makes to people’s lives. Everything they do is based on solid evidence, and they share their vital insights to help improve practice. Their investment in the profession helps raise its profile and inspire the best patient care. They are part of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Group. But it is not required to be an RCN member to receive their support. 

This Scholarships has a particular focus on a research study funded by RCNF in partnership with SameYou. A feasibility study to co-design and preliminarily test a nurse-led, holistic, neurological rehabilitation intervention which supports the psychosocial rehabilitation and survivorship of young adults following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). 

The Fellow will join the research team based here at The University of Edinburgh led by Professor Aisha Holloway (Chair in Nursing Studies) and Professor Daniel Kelly (RCN Chair, The University of Cardiff). The research study is funded for 3 years and started February 2023 and will be undertaken across all 4 UK devolved nations.  

The MSc by Research (Nursing) programme in Nursing Studies offers the highest quality of education and development for those nurses interested in developing world class research skills that would ideally position them to progress to PhD study. It aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing and the wider health and social care context. The programme enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice from a nursing lens. The programme is designed for qualified nurse practitioners and for graduates (or equivalent) interested in pursuing a future career as a research leader in the field to drive real-world positive change for those who have survived an Acquired Brain Injury.

Application Details 

Application to this Studentship is a two stage process – you must have carried out both stages by the deadline to be considered for the funding. If you are having any difficulty with your submission, have queries about the application process, or wish to check that your application has been received please contact our Research Admissions Administrator at; +44131 651 5144 before 31st July 2023, 11:59pm

Candidate Attributes 


  • A registered nurse 
  • A degree in Nursing (First-Class Honours or Upper Second-Class Honours or International equivalent) 
  • Applicants must have applied or plan on applying to the MSc by Research (Nursing). Only offer holders can be shortlisted, but don’t need an offer to submit a scholarship application. 
  • Willing to work with the research team 
  • Excellent written and oral communication. 


  • Experience of undertaking empirical research 
  • Interest in Neurological-rehabilitation approaches for adults who have experienced stroke or other brain injury and their families/carers 
  • Working as part of a research team 
  • Publication(s) 

Academic Contact 

Professor Aisha Holloway Professor of Nursing Studies and Dr Colin Chandler Lecturer Nursing Studies