The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) is pleased to announce a call for applications to its Civil Society Fellowship scheme, aimed at providing a career development opportunity for those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career. The post will work with a new partnership between Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and Macmillan on the project ‘Improving access to cancer information and support services at community-level’. This will scope the potential for providing accessible cancer information and support services at a community level and evidence what approaches work effectively in practice. We know the potential to tap into community-level relationships to improve access to cancer information and support services is high, but not how that could best be done, and what could make the biggest impact at the community-level. This is an opportunity to address these gaps and be involved in developing new solutions for cancer information and support services. Planned outcomes of the WCVA-Macmillan project include increased understanding of the potential for new relationships and alternative ways of using existing resources to increase access to cancer information and support; as well as more robust evidence on what works. WCVA will draw on this to explore approaches that voluntary organisations can take more generally to support innovation. Fellowship applicants will need to demonstrate the relevance of their academic research to this work. Specifically, we are looking for applicants that are able to apply their expertise to support WCVA-Macmillan to develop and use evidence to develop more innovative services.
The Fellowship will support WCVA/ Macmillan with initial research to scope and map existing actors and relationships and support a desk-top synthesis of existing evidence on improving access to cancer information and support services at community-level. This will include what cancer patients are saying, what we can learn from existing practice and identifying potential new approaches. Thus, the fellowship will allow the successful candidate to consolidate their PhD through the application of their research skills, publication, growing their networks, and strengthening their research and professional skills, preparing them for the next stage of their research careers either within or beyond academia.
Through being embedded within a dynamic centre for research, engagement and training, fellows will have the opportunity to undertake a varied programme of activities supporting their continued development. We encourage those who are near to completing their doctoral thesis, or who have less than 12-months postdoctoral experience to apply. In addition to providing a CV and supporting statement that details how you meet the essential and desirable criteria; applicants must submit a 2,000 word Fellowship Proposal with their online application – outlining the relevance of their research to the WCVA / Macmillan project and how the fellowship will support their longer term research career aspirations.
For more information about the format please click on the website www.wiserd.ac.uk/career-opportunities/wiserd-postdoc-fellowships
This post is full-time and fixed-term for 12 months. This is funded as a 1-year fellowship based at WISERD Cardiff University. The post is flexible and could be spread over a longer period if the fellowship is undertaken on a part time basis. The fellowship is available to commence from May 2023.
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