PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

This scheme offers clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:


Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Type of researcher:

Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

Usually 3 years

Contact us

If you have any questions about your application, please contact the relevant university PhD programme. If you need help with our online application system, contact:

Key dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

You can apply for a PhD Training Fellowship for Clinicians if you've demonstrated the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.

Our programmes are based in centres of excellence throughout the UK. These programmes provide research opportunities for clinicians from a range of specialties. Each programme is structured to reflect the expertise of the organisation in which it’s based.

Find out more about eligibility for these programmes by visiting the university websites.

Programmes: currently recruiting

The following organisations have clinical PhD programmes that are currently recruiting:

The following new programmes have been awarded as part of our PhD Programmes for Clinicians competition. These programmes will begin recruiting students this autumn to start in 2017.

  • Wellcome 4ward North Clinical PhD Academy - University of Manchester, University of Leeds, University of Newcastle and University of Sheffield.
  • Wellcome GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme - University of Bristol, Cardiff University, University of Exeter.
  • Wellcome Imperial Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Informatics (4i) Clinician Scientist Programme - Imperial College London.
  • Wellcome Clinical PhD Programme in Global Health Research - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; University College London; King's College London; Queen Mary, University of London; St George's, University of London; Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
  • Wellcome PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians - Keele University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of Southampton.
  • Wellcome Clinical PhD Programme in Cancer Research - The Institute of Cancer Research.
  • Wellcome - Health Research Board Irish Clinical Academic Training Programme - Trinity College Dublin; University College Dublin; National University of Ireland, Galway; University College Cork; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Queen's University Belfast.

What we offer

A PhD undertaken on one of our clinical programmes is usually for three years, and can be held on a part-time basis. Each programme includes support for:

  • a clinical salary
  • PhD registration fees at the UK/EU rate
  • college fees (where required)
  • research expenses
  • general training costs.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How to apply

To apply for a PhD Training Fellowship, please contact the relevant programme directly.

Please don’t apply to the Wellcome Trust.


Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually. 



You’re studying for a Masters or PhD.

Republic of Ireland

You're a clinically qualified medic, vet, dentist or psychologist.

Public health