3-year Wellcome Trust funded GW4 Clinical Academic Training PhD Programme

Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter
Salary TBC
21 Jan 2020
20 Feb 2020
Full time

3-year Wellcome Trust funded GW4 Clinical Academic Training PhD Programme (GW4-CAT) - Medical, Veterinary and Dental Graduates

Start date: approximately August 2021

Location: Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter

Salary: Clinical salary

Duration: 3 years full-time

Closing date for applications:  12:00 GMT, 6th March 2020.

Applications are invited from exceptional medical, veterinary and dental graduates to undertake outstanding PhD training within a new cohort of clinical trainees across the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. 

The scheme, supported by the Wellcome Trust, will provide you with a choice of joining one of over 50 world-leading research groups in population health, cardiovascular science, neuroscience, mental health, infection, immunity & repair, cancer or molecular cell biology, access to a wide range of core and specialist training modules to support your ambitions plus exceptional individualised clinical mentoring. 


Funding offered will cover clinical salary, PhD fees and associated project consumables. A budget will also be available for training and travel costs for the duration of the PhD.


This opportunity is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified trainees who are at an early stage of their career, but who can demonstrate the capability and drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a long-term career as a clinical academic. 

Applicants must be fully-qualified medical doctors, vets or dentists and must have a qualification that allows you to practice clinically in the UK. For further eligibility, check the GW4-CAT website: https://gw4-cat.ac.uk/how-to-apply/eligibility/

How to apply

Project proposals are not expected at the application stage. Competitive recruitment will be undertaken through submission of the following documents by the closing date:

  • A completed online application form available via our website: Application Form for 2021 start
  • A detailed C.V. (4 pages maximum, 10 point Arial)
  • A personal statement (2 pages maximum, 10 point Arial). This should outline your achievements to date, any research experience including publications and awards, your future career ambitions, and why you want to apply to this programme.

Academic references will only be requested if the applicant is shortlisted.

For further information and to apply visit GW4-Clinical Academic Training website: https://gw4-cat.ac.uk/ or contact the administrative team at GW4-CAT@bristol.ac.uk

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview in Bristol on 12th May 2020.