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Nursing Now Challenge Fellowship Programme

The Nursing Now Challenge Fellowship Programme aims to build the leadership of early-career nurses and midwives in Africa and Asia, in alignment with the Nursing Now Challenge.

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Funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and managed by THET, the Fellowship will engage early-career nurses and midwives, working through health partnerships, in low-and-lower middle-income countries (LMICs), sharing ideas with UK nurses and midwives.

LMIC and UK nurses and midwives consistently testify to the added value of cross-border cooperation in their daily work, and to their institutions, by demonstrating improved confidence, leadership, morale, learning and innovation. The Fellowships will combine structured leadership training with the delivery of Quality Improvement (QI) projects led by nurses and midwives.

The Programme

The programme aims to:

  • Increase leadership (confidence, competence and capability) of participating nurses and midwives, enabling them to be more effective and increase their leadership, influencing and decision-making abilities.
  • Raise the status of nursing and midwifery within Health Partnerships and within their multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Raise the status of women, who comprise the majority of the nursing and midwifery cadres, within the health workforce.
  • Improve quality of global health projects undertaken by health partnerships, and thus partnerships’ outcomes and impact.

THET will work in close collaboration with a technical partner based in an LMIC to deliver a leadership training to nurses/midwives nominated by their Health Partnerships, who will then be supported to develop and implement a Quality Improvement project.

For any queries on the grant programme or the application process, please email grants@thet.org.

The Details


The programme is open to established Health Partnerships operating in: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia/Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Size and duration

THET expects to award between 40-80 Fellowships to LMICs nurses and midwives.

The Fellowship programme will last for twelve months, starting in November 2021.

Fellowship grants of up to £8,000 will be available to successful Health Partnerships participating in the programme for the implementation of the Quality Improvement projects and other Fellowship-related costs.

Application Q&A session

THET held a pre-application webinar and Q&A session to share further details on the programme and application process.

To view the session recording, please click here.

To access the presentation, please click here.

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How to apply

Please download and read all of the following documents:

The application form and Annex 1 should be completed and submitted, along with letters of support from each of the lead partner institution and the CVs of the nominated nurses and midwives, in one email to grants@thet.org by noon (BST) on Monday 4th October 2021.

If you have questions or difficulty downloading or accessing any of the documents listed please email us at grants@thet.org.

Our Partner

The Burdett Trust for Nursing was established in 2002 and works to build nursing research capacity and capabilities; build nurse leadership capacity and capabilities; and support local nurse-led initiatives.