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4Ward North Clinical PhD Academy

Application Process

How do I apply?

Our scheme is unique in that we want to help more than the 5 people who are awarded our Wellcome Clinical PhD Fellowships.  Our application process is therefore split into two phases.

Stage 1:   Recruitment of 4Ward North Academy Cohort of Trainees

  • 20 applicants will be selected based on their CV and short vision statement of why they want to undertake doctoral research training.
  • Once selected, the 20 trainees will work-up a cutting-edge PhD proposal with our pool of leading supervisors who, along with the Academy Directors, will advise and guide them on building a project culminating in an application to Stage 2.

Stage 2:   Wellcome Clinical PhD Fellows

  • All of our trainees from Stage 1 will submit an application for one of our five available Wellcome Clinical PhD Fellowships. Approximately 10 candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Successful fellows will start their PhD programme between 1st August - 1st October 2017.

Those successful at Stage 1 but not Stage 2 will be extensively supported and mentored through the application process to other funders. The Academy can support all clinical specialties across the breadth of the 4 Universities.

The deadline for stage 1 applications for 2017 is now closed.  Information re: future calls will be advertised in due course.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should consider the range of expertise available across the 4 Universities involved in the Academy and attempt to maximise the opportunity that this provides in developing their project and their supervisory team.

Latest Update

Outcomes of Phase 1 Applications are announced

4ward North received 63 high calibre applications for the Academy of which 27 were successfully accepted on to Phase I of the programme.

These successful applicants gathered on the 12th December 2016 at the Academy Launch event in Leeds where they were able to meet with prospective supervisors.

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