Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTF)2024-06-07T10:29:26+00:00

Aimed at clinicians who wish to undertake PhD research training.

We updated our recruitment. Applications for the 2025 Clinical Research Training Fellowships will open in early August!

Applications are closed!

The Clinical Research Training Fellowship programme

Clinical research training fellows (CRTFs) will follow a three-year version of the CRUK CoL PhD training programme, which will provide a firm foundation for clinicians with a future academic career path in mind. Based in their primary supervisor’s research group, fellows will have the opportunity to work across the centre, for example when accessing the Centre’s infrastructure cores, or carrying out short research placements.

The three-year PhD training programme for clinicians will begin with an induction programme introducing fellows to the Centre, the training programme, their university of registration and to carrying out a PhD. Trainees will submit reports, give talks and meet with their thesis committees at specific points on the programme and be able to access a vast range of scientific and transferable skills training via the Centre partners and beyond. Early on in the programme, each trainee will work with their supervisors to develop a customised training plan, tailored to the trainee’s background and project requirements, that includes multi-disciplinary skills training and may include a short research placement(s) with other groups in the centre.

Supervision, PhD registration and fellowships

CRTFs will be based in their primary supervisor’s research group and register for their PhD with the primary supervisors university. They will have a secondary supervisor from one of the Centre’s other institutions. All fellows will have a three-person thesis committee made up of Centre faculty and experts in the research field. There will be regularly meetings with the committee to discuss progress and receive guidance and advice. A practising clinician will also provide additional career mentorship and support. Fellows are enrolled in a full-time PhD programme for three years, so there is limited participation in clinical activities.

Successful candidates will receive a salary commensurate with their current experience, paid on the clinical academic scale.


We are looking for talented and motivated clinicians who are passionate about research, have a strong academic track record and hold full General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent.

The funding for this fellowship covers students with UK home tuition fee status only. For more information on home tuition fee status please visit the UKCISA website. Please note that we will only be able to offer fellowships to candidates that have UK home tuition fee status or provide evidence that they can fund the international portion of the tuition fee from external sources (i.e. not self-funded).

Applicants for this competitive programme are expected to have:

  • a medical degree
  • previous wet or dry lab research experience (desirable)
  • continuous full GMC registration or equivalent

Applications are welcomed from all medical and surgical specialities.

Applicants should be in a training position (not necessarily with a training number). Candidates at consultant grade will not be considered.

projects available for the 2024 intake recruitment can be found here

For questions about CRUK CoL Centre Clinical Research Training Fellow recruitment, please contact: