The 2020 Application Round
Recruitment is now open for the 2020 round of the Wellcome Clinical PhD fellowships. Closing day is 10th January 2020. For further infomation please go to the website
UCL hosts a Wellcome Trust funded PhD programme for clinicians. This enables us to support the most promising medically qualified clinicians who wish to undertake rigorous research training at UCL. Our programme exploits the outstanding science community at UCL and the Francis Crick Institute to provide a unique training programme for clinicians. The guiding principles of our programme are to encourage clinical fellows to consider a broad range of PIs that are outside their clinical discipline as potential supervisors, and to mentor them through their PhD to intermediate clinical fellowships and beyond.
Applications are invited as part of a national advertisement. You do not need to have worked at UCL or UCLH previously to apply, and the programme will provide a fully-funded research studentship to enable talented clinicians to sample high-quality research environments at UCL and the Francis Crick Institute before they develop a research proposal that is tailored to their individual interest. The UCL SLMS Academic Careers Office will provide advice and support. Finally, at the end of the programme the Clinical Academic Next Steps scheme will provide advice and support extending into your next clinical post to facilitate your progression as a clinical academic leader of the future.
- Francis Crick Institute
- University College London Hospital (UCLH)
- UCL SLMS Academic Careers Office
- Wellcome Trust funded PhD programme for clinicians
- Programme Director
Geraint was appointed Dean of Life Sciences in 2014 in the School of Life and Medical Sciences and was previously the Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Funded by the Wellcome Trust for over a decade, his work focuses on understanding the neural basis of consciousness in health and disease. Fully committed to supporting clinical academic training for many years, he set up the UCL Academic Careers Office to enhance our ability to support and mentor the brightest and best clinicians in their future careers.
Academic Careers Office
School of Life & Medical Sciences
University College London
1st Floor Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7NF
- Supervisor Profiles
Our programme is very diverse and draws together research scientists and clinical academics across many different Departments and Institutes at UCL, plus the Francis Crick Institute in which UCL is a founding partner.
We currently have 103 high quality Principal Investigators across eight research areas, all of whom are fully committed to providing excellent clinical academic training for our fellows.
Clicking on the links below will allow access to the Supervisor's research profile and contact details.
Basic Life Sciences
- Professor Jurg Bahler - Genetics, Evolution & Environment
- Professor Mike Cheetham - Institute of Ophthalmology
- Professor John Christodoulou - Structural & Molecular Biology
- Dr Jonathan Chubb - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology
- Professor Annette Dolphin - Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
- Professor Clare Futter - Institute of Ophthalmology
- Dr Robin Lovell-Badge - Division of Biosciences
- Professor Nicholas Luscombe - Genetics Institute
- Professor John Parnavelas - Cell & Developmental Biology
- Professor Patricia Salinas - Cell & Developmental Biology
- Professor Trevor Smart - Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
- Professor Gabriel Waksman - Structural & Molecular Biology
- Professor Buzz Baum - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology
- Dr Simon Boulton - Crick Institute, DSB Repair Metabolism Laboratory
- Dr John Diffley - Crick Institute, Chromosome Replication Laboratory
- Dr Julian Downward - Crick Institute, Oncogene Biology Laboratory
- Professor Tariq Enver - Cancer Institute, Research Department of Cancer Biology
- Dr Sam Janes - Division of Medicine, Respiratory Medicine
- Professor Amit Nathwani - Cancer Institute, Research Department of Haematology
- Sir Paul Nurse - Crick Institute, Cell Cycle Laboratory
- Dr Erik Sahai - Crick Institute, Tumour Cell Biology Laboratory
- Professor Hans Stauss - Infection & Immunity
- Dr Jesper Svejstrup - Crick Institute, Mechanisms of Transcription Laboratory
- Professor Charles Swanton - Cancer Institute, Research Department of Oncology
- Dr Richard Treisman - Crick Institute, Signalling and Transcription Laboratory
- Dr Frank Uhlmann - Crick Institute, Chromosome Segregation Laboratory
- Professor Robin Ali - Institute of Ophthalmology - Genetics
- Professor Rachel Batterham - Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics
- Professor Philip Beales - Institute of Child Health, Genetics & Genomic Medicine Prog
- Professor Rachel Chambers - Division of Medicine, Respiratory Medicine
- Dr Bobby Gaspar - Institute of Child Health, Infection, Immunity, Inflammation Programme
- Professor Derek Gilroy - Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics
- Dr Paul Gissen - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology
- Dr Alex Gould - Crick Insitute, Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory
- Professor Alun Hughes - Institute of Cardiovascular Science, Cardiometabolic Phenotyping Group
- Professor David Lomas - Division of Medicine
- Professor Karl Matter - Institute of Ophthalmology - Cell Biology
- Dr Rachel McKendry - London Centre for Nanotechnology
- Dr Michel Michaelides - Institute of Ophthalmology - Genetics
- Professor Christiana Ruhrberg - Institute of Ophthalmology - Cell Biology
- Professor Adrian Thrasher - Institute of Child Health, Molecular Immunology Unit
Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
- Professor David Abraham - Inflammation
- Dr Ravindra Gupta - Division of Infection & Immunity
- Professor Andrew Hayward - Institute of Health Informatics, Infectious Disease Informatics *
- Dr Richard Jenner - Cancer Institute, Research Department of Cancer Biology
- Professor Mala Maini - Infection & Immunity
- Dr Anne O'Garra - Crick Institute, Immunoregulation and Infection Laboratory
- Dr Caetano Reis e Sousa - Crick Institute,Immunobiology Laboratory
- Professor Caroline Sabin - Infection & Population Health
- Professor David Sansom - Division of Infection and Immunity
- Professor Tony Segal - Division of Medicine, Internal Medicine
- Professor Rosalind Smyth - Institute of Child Health, Infection, Immunity, Inflammation & Physiological Medicine
- Dr Brigitta Stockinger - Crick Institute, AhRimmunity Laboratory
- Dr Jonathan Stoye - Crick Institute, Retrovirus-host Interactions Laboratory
- Professor Greg Towers - Infection & Immunity
- Dr Victor Tybulewicz - Crick Institute, Immune Cell Biology Laboratory
- Professor Lucy Walker - Division of Infection & Immunity
- Professor David Attwell - Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
- Professor Neil Burgess - Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Matteo Carandini - Institute of Ophthalmology - Visual Neuroscience
- Professor Andrew Copp - Institute of Child Health, Development Biology & Cancer Programme
- Professor Ray Dolan - Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Elizabeth Fisher - Neurodegenerative Diseases, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Maria Fitzgerald - Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
- Professor Karl Friston - Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
- Professor John Hardy - Institute of Neurology, Molecular Neuroscience
- Professor Kenneth Harris - Institute of Neurology, Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders
- Professor Michael Hausser - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
- Dr Steve Kennerley - Institute of Neurology, Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders
- Professor Dimitri Kullmann - Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Alison Lloyd - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology
- Professor Eleanor Maguire - Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Troy Margrie - The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
- Professor Read Montague Jr - Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Cathy Price - Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Geraint Rees - Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Dr Jason Rihel - Cell & Developmental Biology
- Professor Jonathan Roiser - Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Professor Dmitri Rusakov - Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology
- Professor Sophie Scott - Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Professor Angus Silver - Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
- Professor Sarah Tabrizi - Neurodegenerative Diseases, Institute of Neurology
- Dr Jason Warren - Neurodegenerative Diseases, Institute of Neurology
- Professor John Wood - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
- Professor Nick Wood - Institute of Neurology, Molecular Neuroscience
Reproduction & Development
- Dr John Achermann - Institute of Child Health, Genetics & Genomic Medicine Programme
- Dr James Briscoe - Crick Institute, Developmental Dynamics Laboratory
- Professor William Richardson - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
- Professor Claudio Stern - Cell & Developmental Biology
- Dr James Turner - Crick Institute, Sex Chromosome Biology Laboratory
- Dr Jean-Paul Vincent - Crick Institute, Epithelial Cell Interactions Laboratory
- Professor Steve Wilson - Cell & Developmental Biology
- Professor Francois Balloux - Genetics Institute
- Professor Martin Bobak - Epidemiology & Public Health
- Professor Carol Dezateux - Institute of Child Health, Population, Policy & Practice Programme
- Professor Harry Hemingway - Institute of Health Informatics
- Professor Aroon Hingorani - Institute of Cardiovascular Science
- Professor Glyn Lewis - Division of Psychiatry *
- Professor David Osrin - Institute for Global Health
- Professor Rosalind Raine - Applied Health Research, Institute of Epidemiology & Health
- Professor Andrew Steptoe - Institute of Epidemiology & Health
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- Programme Structure
After appointment the successful fellow will meet with the Director/Deputy Director and a representative of the domain (or Francis Crick lead) for his/her area of interest.
- Fellows will be required to meet PIs in different domains and to consider a wide range of options for their PhD ('thinking outside the box').
- In order to help the fellow make the best choice, if necessary we will fund and facilitate a three month OOPR prior to take up of the Fellowship.
- This will allow the fellow to undertake 3 x 1 month mini-projects in order to experience working with different PIs and to allow them to develop a PhD project.
- They will then select a primary and secondary PhD supervisor and write a full grant application on which they will be assessed by a viva examination prior to starting their PhD.
Progress through the first year report and submission of a final PhD thesis will follow the existing University regulations.
- Some fellows will require a period of additional training to develop appropriate skills before embarking on their PhD.
- These are typically in epidemiology, computational biology, machine learning, imaging and advanced bioinformatics but may also be in emerging areas such as nanotechnology and medicinal chemistry.
- In these cases we will offer a one year taught MSc/MRes selected from the extensive modular curriculum available at UCL to develop the skills required for their PhD.
- Individuals who select this option will be required to pass the assessment stipulated in the degree and will not be offered the 3 month OOPR (see below).
During their PhD fellows will be required to engage in a range of additional training activities that take advantage of unique aspects of the UCL environment. These will include training in
- enterprise/entrepreneurship (through the UCL Institute for Biomedical Engineering and UCL Advances)
- public engagement (UCL is a Beacon for Public Engagement)
- experimental medicine (through our Clinical Research Facilities).
- Current Fellows
2018 APPOINTED FELLOWS
Thomas Fox Infection& Immunity Robert Lever Infection & Immunity Sinead McGlacken-Byrne Institute of Child Health Matthew Nour Nekisa Zakeri Infection & Immunity
2017 APPOINTED FELLOWS
Angharad Davis Division of Biosciences Ehsan Ghorani Cancer Institute Neha Pathak Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care Adam Pennycuick Centre for Respiratory Biology Ramya Srinivasan Division of Psychiatry
2016 APPOINTED FELLOWS
Deepak Chandrasekharan Lungs for Living Dami Collier Division of Infection and Immunity Douglas Fink Division of Infection and Immunity Constantinos Parisinos Institute of Health Informatics Emily Shaw-Wise Division of Infection and Immunity
2015 APPOINTED FELLOWS
Anna Aryee Institute of Health Informatics Anob Chakrabarti UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) Kate El Bouzidi Division of Infection and Immunity Neil Halliday Division of Infection and Immunity Valerie Kuan Cell and Developmental Biology
- Application Process
Who can Apply?
The overarching quality that we are looking for in applicants are academic excellence and the potential to pursue a career in academic medicine. You should be able to demonstrate your potential in your application and at interview.
We are also looking for individuals who wish to take advantage of our outstanding supervisor pool and consider a range of possible projects and supervisors. It is not necessary to have a specific project in mind, but you will need to be able to articulate which areas and/or supervisors you might be interested in working with.
To apply, you need to be a GMC-registered clinician. You can be at any stage of your training; although some applicants will have commenced their specialist training, this is not essential.
- Applicants who have already finished their training and received a CCT are not eligible.
When can I Apply?
The 2019 round is now closed. Please check back here Autumn 2019 for details of the 2020 application round.
- At interview you will be expected to answer questions about your previous research experience and potential for a clinical academic career.
- The interview panel will include the Programme Directors, a representative from the Francis Crick Institute and a selection of Principal Investigators from each programme plus a current Fellow.
- We will also invite a Director of another Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians to join the panel.
How to Apply?
Application will be online, and should be supported by your CV and a one page statement detailing how your previous academic and research performance demonstrates potential for a career in academic medicine, and explaining your interest in this specific programme and/or particular research themes at UCL.
- What Funding is Provided
Each successful Fellow will be awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust that will cover:
• A clinical salary
• University fees paid at the home/EU rate
• Research expenses
• A contribution towards travel expenses
• A contribution towards general training costs
An allowance for animal costs is also available if required (on a case by case basis) subject to approval by the Wellcome Trust.
Note that if you do not qualify for home/EU fees at UCL then you will be required to pay fees at the overseas rate and the difference between home/EU and overseas fees will not be covered by the grant.
If this is the case, you will need to find these funds yourself. If you think this may apply to you, then please read the UCL guidance on fees or contact the Jo Rickett firstname.lastname@example.org if additional guidance is required.