4Ward North programme

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.
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