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GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme (GW4-CAT)

The Wellcome Trust-funded GW4-CAT gives exceptional early career medical, veterinary and dental graduates the chance to undertake interdisciplinary PhD training at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

GW4-CAT is a three-year (full-time) PhD programme, which provides exceptional support, training and guidance from world-leading academics and research environments.

You will receive a prestigious Wellcome Trust PhD Training Fellowship for Clinicians through GW4-CAT, which includes:

  • Generous funding for three years (full-time), which will include a clinical salary, tuition fees, an appropriate consumables and animals (if required) budget, and £5000 for training and travel. For more information, see our ‘Funding’ page
  • Access to world-leading research groups and facilities
  • Dedicated support from a member of the Board of Directors and to help you put together a project proposal, which best utilises the advantages of working within the GW4 alliance
  • A clinical mentorship scheme, which will assist you with a smooth transition from academic to clinical work
  • An extensive range of training opportunities, both specific cohort training organised by GW4-CAT and access to training across the GW4-CAT institutions
  • A well-developed cohort with ties across three institutions
  • Some flexibility as to PhD start-dates and working-patterns. Your personal circumstances and preferences will always be carefully considered
  • An exclusive administrative team


The call for applications for a 2021 start is now open until 12:00 (noon), 6 March 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in Bristol on 12 May 2020.

For further information and to apply visit GW4-Clinical Academic Training website or contact the administrative team at


All general enquiries should be addressed to the GW4-CAT Programme Manager, Dr Jayne Bailey: