Our new clinical PhD programmes

We are funding seven new clinical PhD programmes across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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The latest programmes build on our five existing clinical PhD programmes, and include networks in the South West and North of England, and a partnership between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

All the programmes will be recruiting students this autumn to start in 2017. Information about individual programmes, including how to apply, will be made available on the institutions’ websites.

New programmes

  • 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 Georges' University of London, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Wellcome PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians - Keele University, Cambridge University, Oxford University and Southampton University
  • Wellcome Clinical PhD Programme in Cancer Research - The Institute of Cancer Research, London
  • 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; Queens University Belfast

Existing programmes

  • Wellcome PhD Programme for Clinicians - University of Oxford
  • Wellcome PhD Programme for Clinicians - University of Cambridge
  • Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training (ECAT) - University of Edinburgh
  • Wellcome PhD Programme for Clinicians - University College London
  • Health Priorities in Resource-Limited Settings - University of Liverpool

We recognise the importance of a mixed economy in funding for clinical research training and so we have entered a partnership with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to increase the funding available for clinical PhDs via the MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme.

By providing additional standalone fellowships in partnership with the MRC we can ensure there are funding opportunities for excellent individuals, wherever in the UK they are based. There will be more details about this scheme on the MRC website in due course. 

Last year our Director, Jeremy Farrar, set out plans for refreshing our offer to clinicians.

More details about our new clinical fellowship scheme are available on our Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships scheme page.

If you have any queries about the changes to our clinical research funding, please email sciencegrants@wellcome.ac.uk.