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

This funding opportunity has expired.

Key facts

Application deadline 1 April 2019
Start date 1 August 2020
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 4

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.

For any queries please contact the GW4-CAT Programme Administrator:

Tracey Jarvis
+44 117 3311598 

Please see the full list of the GW4-CAT Supervisors

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered A consumable budget between £15K - £45K subject to agreement and a training and travel budget of £5K.

Eligibility criteria

Residency To be eligible for entry into the programme you must have a qualification that allows you to practice clinically in the UK. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom by commencement of the PhD.
Academic criteria

Medical and dental graduates

  • Qualifications: MBBS, MBBCh, BDS, BChD or equivalent medical or dental qualification.
  • Applicants will be in a position to hold full or provisional registration with the GMC or GDC with the necessary licence to practise by the commencement of and throughout their PhD.
  • All applicants will have to provide evidence of previously undertaken research such as an Academic Clinical Fellowship (medical and dental graduates), an internship or residency (veterinary), or via an alternative route such as the Clinical Primer from Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Veterinary graduates

  • Qualifications: BVSc, MBBCh or equivalent veterinary qualification.
  • Veterinary registration and other criteria.
  • Candidates will normally be Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) at the at the commencement of and throughout their PhD: MRCVS/FRCVS.

In order to apply, please submit the following:

  • An application form for 2020 start
  • A detailed C.V. (4 pages maximum, 10 point Arial in .doc .dox or .rtf format)
  • A personal statement (2 pages maximum, 10 point Arial in .doc .dox or .rtf format). 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
  • The application form should be completed and submitted online and all additional supporting documentation should be emailed to
  • Do not submit PDF versions of your supporting documents.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

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