Application closing date extended to October 12th.

Application guidance

How to apply

To apply to become a Topol Digital Fellow and join Cohort 2 of the programme, you need to complete and submit the online application form in full by 5pm on October 12, 2020. The closing date for applications has been extended from September 30 to October 12.

Go to the application form

You may wish to prepare your supporting statements (for page 3 of the application form) in advance and then paste your copy into the form. To help you to prepare, you can download a PDF file below containing a copy of all of the questions.

Download a copy of the application form questions

What is the applications process?

You will complete and submit an application form which will invite you to detail:

  • your experiences, enthusiasms, aspirations and career plans that you feel make you suited to take on a role as a champion of digital change
  • the problem that you would like to explore and address in your time as a Topol Digital Fellow.

You will also need to confirm and evidence that you have the support of a supervisor or senior manager in your organisation for the workplace activity that you will undertake in your protected time

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to an online interview which will take place in mid November. We are currently planning to conduct the interviews on November 17 and 18. You will then be notified of the outcome of your interview shortly afterwards.

What is the application timeline?

  • September 1: Applications open
  • October 12: Applications close
  • Mid to late October: Applications are shortlisted
  • Early November: Shortlisted applicants are invited to online interviews
  • November 17-18: Online interviews for shortlisted applicants
  • Late November: Shortlisted applicants are informed of the outcome of the interviews
  • January 2021: Cohort 2 begins

How will you ensure that you recruit a diverse group of fellows for cohort 2?

To achieve a professional diversity across cohort 2, we will ensure that the programme is very actively promoted right across the spectrum of healthcare professions before the application window opens. Additionally, we will monitor application trends during the application window and very actively target and promote the programme to under-represented groups.

To address the possibility of bias in the selection process, everyone involved in the shortlisting and interviewing process will receive guidance and training about unconscious bias before they undertake their selection tasks.

What if I have doubts about my abilities or my chances of success?

As this is a new programme, in a new field – if you have doubts about your abilities or the validity of your project – that is not unexpected. However, we would strongly encourage you to apply as we are very keen to ensure clinicians from all backgrounds are given opportunities to undertake this fellowship.

If you are unsuccessful, don’t be discouraged. We hope and expect to have more opportunities similar to this in subsequent years. We would encourage you to continue to push yourself and learn as much as you can. We are keen to engage clinicians in designing and leading digital projects in your organisation, working with your Chief Information Officer and Chief Clinical Information Officer to make the lives of your colleagues and your patients and service users that much better. Additionally, you might like to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and explore this new and exciting area. Good luck.