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4Ward North Clinical PhD Academy

Why 4ward North

Who are we?

The Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have come together to set up the ‘The 4ward North Clinical PhD Academy’ to raise the quality of clinical academic research training in northern England.

25 Clinical PhD fellowships will be funded as part of the Academy over 5 years. Each individual PhD will be hosted by one of our four institutions.

The Academy will work in collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute (FCI) in London to optimise training opportunities.

What do we offer?

Those who secure a place on the 3-year PhD programme will become ‘Wellcome clinical PhD fellows’, a prestigious marker of esteem for a future career combining research with clinical practice. This award replaces the legacy Wellcome Clinical PhD funding stream, i.e. salary + pension contributions, project running costs and an annual training allowance.

Those successful in securing a fellowship from the Academy will receive:

  • A comprehensive quarterly training programme with leading clinical academics and bespoke mentoring;
  • A personalised training plan with one of the Programme Directors;
  • £2,000 per annum bursary for three years awarded after the PhD for flexible training and meeting attendance
  • An opportunity to compete for our ‘Leading Scholars’ Programme’ in collaboration with the FCI which offers 12-months research support immediately after the PhD to pump-prime postdoctoral clinical career development applications.

Those who are shortlisted but are not successful in securing a fellowship from the Academy will receive:

  • Help in building their project.
  • Guidance, advice and mentorship though the application process for an equivalent research training award from other funders, such as the MRC.

Why 4Ward North

  • N4 has > £1bn 5-year cycle of grant funding
  • Synergy from combining expertise and experience
  • Extensive Infrastructure
  • Huge opportunities and connectivity
  • New Academic Networks
  • Delivers mobility and interaction
  • Adds scientific value

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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