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:

Other schemes

Research Training Fellowships

Offering medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates – who have little or no research training – the opportunity to undertake research towards a PhD or MD qualification.
Full details of Research Training Fellowships
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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 researcher.

Public health