Wellcome Trust GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme

The Wellcome Trust-funded GW4 Clinical Academic Training programme (GW4-CAT) is a new scheme that brings together the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter in developing the next generation of clinical academics. Within the programme, exceptional early career medical, veterinary and dental graduates will have the chance to undertake an interdisciplinary PhD training in one of over 50 world-leading research groups in population health, cardiovascular sciences, neuroscience, mental health, infection, immunity & repair, cancer or molecular cell biology.

Trainees will have access to a wide range of core and specialist training modules to support their research and career ambitions, together with exceptional and individualised clinical mentoring. The first round of projects will commence in mid-late 2017 and the funding will cover clinical salary, associated project costs, support to travel between consortium members for training and collaboration, and carer support costs where necessary.

The scheme is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified trainees 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 will have previously undertaken research such as an Academic Clinical Fellow (medical and dental graduates), an internship or residency (veterinary) or via an alternative route such as the Clinical Primer from Bristol or similar schemes from Cardiff and Exeter. To be eligible for entry into the programme you must have a qualification that allows you to practice clinically in the UK.

The Directors of the Programme will work closely with successful applicants to find the most appropriate supervisory combination to meet your career and research ambitions. The supervisory team will be selected AFTER acceptance of a place on the Programme.

Each trainee will have a primary supervisor chosen from the available supervisor pool, plus a secondary collaborating supervisor who can be from outside the pool.

Successful trainees will have an opportunity to be supported beyond the PhD through a post-doctoral Academic Clinical Lectureship as part of a ‘run-through’ training scheme which will be core to the training philosophy of GW4-CAT.

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Applications have now closed for this year’s cohort.

Interviews will take place in January 2017.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend an Introductory Week in spring/early summer of 2017. This date will be confirmed at the interviews to enable you to arrange any appropriate leave.

We expect successful applicants to start their position mid 2017 however this is negotiable.


For any questions, please contact us at gw4-cat@bristol.ac.uk