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PhD opportunities

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the NIHR coordinates applications for Research Training Fellowships. These fellowships provide a full-time salary to support you studying a PhD. Applications require a full project plan with designated supervision and training arrangements. They are highly competitive, with less than 30% of applicants successful in securing funding. Funding may be joint with the Wellcome Trust or another organisation (for example RCOG, Target Ovarian Cancer, Welsh assembly.) Wellcome Trust no longer runs their own clinical research training fellowships but instead provides funding to the MRC scheme. There are two applications rounds a year- around August and December. The RCOG jointly funds the Clinical Research Training Fellowship with the MRC.

Several charities fund their own clinical research training fellowships independent of the MRC. They all have different criteria for the research that they fund, and different application processes.

PhD Training Fellowships (Wellcome Trust)

The Wellcome Trust invites universities to run PhD training fellowships. selecting potential PhD candidates in open competition. Participating universities select potential PhD candidates in open competition and support them to develop a high-quality PhD project. The Wellcome Trust funds the full-time PhD. Universities across all regions of the UK and Ireland are represented, although each clinical PhD programme has different eligibility criteria and structure.