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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

Deadline:  1 October 2018 (9AM)

  • 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

Deadline:  28 January 2019 (9AM)

  • All of our shortlisted 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 2019.  
  • All trainees successful at Stage 1 are invited to a training event on 22 November 2018 in Newcastle. Please keep this date free in your diary.
  • Applicants shortlisted in Stage 2 will be invited to an interview on 2 May 2019 in Leeds.

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

Application Form

Stage 1 Application Form is available here.

Stage 2 Application Form is available here.

Guidance for Applicants for both stage 1 and 2 is available here.

Please  send completed application forms to N4Academy@ncl.ac.uk. All applications should be in PDF format. 

Choosing your team

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

Keynote Speaker at the 4ward North Fellows Event

Professor Simon Boulton, Senior Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute gave the keynote lecture at the 4ward North Fellows meeting on the 15 December 2017 in Leeds.  The lecture formed part of a larger event for our 4ward North Academy Fellows aimed to help them develop their PhD fellowship applications.

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