PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians (Closed)

This scheme offers clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.

We’re changing our funding schemes

The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy

Current clinical PhD programmes will continue to recruit students up to their end dates in 2021.

Scheme at a glance 

This scheme is now closed

Lead applicant career stage:
Administering organisation location:
UK, Republic of Ireland
Funding amount:

Salary and research expenses covered

Funding duration:

Usually 3 years

Key dates

Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

Who can apply

You can apply for a PhD Training Fellowship for Clinicians if you've demonstrated the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.

Our programmes are based in centres of excellence throughout the UK. These programmes provide research opportunities for clinicians from a range of specialties. Each programme is structured to reflect the expertise of the organisation in which it’s based.

Find out more about eligibility for these programmes by visiting the university websites.

Programmes: currently recruiting

The following organisations have clinical PhD programmes that are currently recruiting:

Who can't apply

You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

A PhD undertaken on one of our clinical programmes is usually for three years, and can be held on a part-time basis. Each programme includes support for:

  • a clinical salary
  • Nationals of the UK and Republic of Ireland are eligible to pay home fees.

    Nationals of all other high-income countries will need to pay international fees. From 1 January 2021, this also includes EU and EEA nationals.

    We recommend that you check with the relevant programme to see what fees you will need to pay.

  • college fees (where required)
  • research expenses
  • general training costs.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund overheads.

To apply for a PhD Training Fellowship, please contact the relevant programme directly.

Please don’t apply to the Wellcome Trust.


Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually. 

More information

Find out about how we've worked with the funding community to develop principles and obligations setting out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.

Contact us


If you have a question about your application, contact the relevant university PhD programme. 

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