Join the Programme

The HLA is delighted to announce that the annual application period for our landmark Scholars Programme will open on 1st March 2021. For more information on the Scholars Programme and how to apply, please check out the HLA Scholars Programme 2021-2022 Application Portal.

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About the Scholars Programme 2021

This is The HLA’s fifth year of running the programme and we are proud to announce we are offering even more places to outstanding applicants across the medical, nursing and allied health professions.

This year, the programme is formally supported by Medics.Academy, Health Education England North East, Health Education England South West, and the Council of Deans of Health. It is also an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) approved programme, permitting those who complete it eligibility to apply to become ILM members and fellows and gain post nominals.

The whole programme has also been mapped against the Masters programme Medics.Academy runs in partnership with School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).


The HLA is recruiting 10 cohorts of scholars to start in September 2021. The cohorts will have contact sessions based primarily in one of the following locations: London, Newcastle, Bristol, Belfast, Edinburgh and Amsterdam and at least 3 virtual cohorts to allow increasing numbers of international scholars to join the programme.

Who Can Apply?

All programmes will be open to applications from medical, nursing and allied health professional students, doctors, and healthcare professionals on the NMC or HCPC registers or equivalent from your country of practice or residence. We welcome international applications to any and all cohorts.

How Long Is The Programme?

The programme will last twelve months with 8 mandatory contact days in each programme. It is delivered through a combination of webinars, assignments, online content and in person sessions. There will be a range of speakers, tutors, mentors and workshop hosts that will deliver a series of content.

What Is Expected Of The Scholars?

Scholars will be expected to develop a project over the course of their year. Previous projects have reached national prominence, winning prizes, publications and presentations at national events including at the House of Lords. Participants will also have opportunities to be introduced to key leaders and individuals that will help challenge their thinking and support them in the development of their projects.