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Clinical Academic Mentorship Scheme

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The Clinical Academic Mentorship Scheme (CAMS) offers promising clinical neuroscientists an exciting opportunity to kick-start their academic career.

The scheme, which is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) provides mentorship and financial support to maximise trainee's chances of success when applying for externally funded fellowships at Cardiff University.

It is designed to be flexible and allows trainees to work either full or part time at the Centre for between 4-12 months, visit for a day at a time, or just discuss their research on a regular basis with senior researchers.


Trainees will be allocated a senior clinical academic mentor and a junior mentor who is a current clinical academic trainee at the Centre.

Trainees will be funded to visit Cardiff to meet potential supervisors and discuss possible projects. The frequency and timing of these visits can be tailored to individual trainee's needs and career stage.

Funded research leave

Trainees may also be offered short funded periods of research leave to visit the Centre for training and draft fellowship applications.

Due to the flexible nature of the scheme, visits can vary in duration from a week up to six months in exceptional circumstances, subject to the needs of each trainee.

Training budget

Additional funding will be available to support visits to the Centre, specific training courses, attendance at scientific meetings, generation of pilot data and other appropriate activities.


CAMS is aimed at those early in their career, particularly those in the foundation years. However, the scheme is flexible and trainees at all stages of postgraduate training are welcome to apply.

Places will be allocated selectively, and competition will be strong. Applications require a brief CV (maximum four pages) and a covering letter outlining why you would like to appointed to the scheme and your career plans.

For more information and to apply, please see the full job description.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor George Kirov at