Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTF)2020-11-17T09:22:22+00:00

Applications for the 2021 Clinical Research Training Fellowships are now 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. Although 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

Clinical research training fellows (CRTFs) following the CRUK CoL PhD training programme will be based in their primary supervisor’s research group, and have a secondary supervisor from one of the Centre’s other insitutions. Fellows will register for their PhD at the primary supervisor’s university, or the secondary supervisor’s university if the primary supervisor is based at the Crick. All fellows will have a three-person thesis committee made up of Centre faculty, that they will meet with regularly 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 GMC registration or equivalent.

The funding for this studentship 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 studentships 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 General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent

Applications are welcomed from:

  • candidates 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