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Economics of health

This studentship programme is now closed for applications and is available for reference purposes only.

The NIHR, MRC and ESRC are launching a major initiative to boost research capacity in economics of health.

Economics is of increasing importance in health care management to inform and improve decision making on, for example, the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing interventions. Demand is high for individuals who can conduct economic evaluations and are able to critically appraise such evaluations but there is an acknowledged lack of capacity in this field.

The funders are delighted to announce a raft of new career development opportunities for outstanding individuals who wish to pursue research careers in economics of health.


Three strands are being supported with new funds and these are:

1. Early-career post-doctoral fellowships of 2 years duration. Six will be made available during 2008/2009 and six more in 2009/2010.

2. Masters – tenders will be invited from organisations with established masters in health economics courses.

3. Training placements of up to six months duration to provide further training opportunities for health economists to work in policy/practice environments.


Implementation of each of the strands will be led by one of the funders. Further details on each of the strands including when they will be launched will be available on all funders websites shortly.

The Masters strand has now been launched. Please see the NIHR Research Capacity Development Programme’s website ( for further details.

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