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Funding options for clinical research degrees

Funded PhD Fellowships

Clinical PhD fellowships provide funding to cover tuition fees, research expenses, and a clinical salary. They are typically awarded to specific supervisors or programmes.

Applications for fellowships at the ICR and Imperial are now open, with 15 advertised projects for four fellowships starting in Autumn 2022. See entry requirements and how to apply for more information about the application process, and Clinical PhD fellowships for project details. 

To register your interest for future PhD fellowship opportunities, please email [email protected].


The Francis Crick Institute PhD for Clinicians

Applications for the 2022 doctoral fellowships are now open. These fellowships provide an opportunity for talented clinicians who are passionate about research, with a strong academic track record, to perform biomedical discovery research while following our three-year clinical PhD programme. Our multidisciplinary research aims to understand why disease develops and to help improve disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Fellows will be based at the Crick, with a Crick primary supervisor and a secondary supervisor from one of our five clinical PhD programme partners: Barts Cancer Institute/Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, The Institute of Cancer Research, King’s College London and UCL.

Application deadline: 15 November 2021


Speculative opportunities – PhD, MD(Res)

If you can’t find a PhD fellowship for a research project that interests you, or you have your own funding, the best way to find a PhD project is speak to colleagues, attend talks and seminars, and network widely to find potential opportunities and teams to work with and then to approach potential supervisors directly.

See our Division webpages for a summary of the research interests of our research teams:

Similarly, to apply for an MD(Res), you will need to approach a potential supervisor and agree on a research topic and protocol outline.

See entry requirements and how to apply for more information about the application process. Also see our student profiles to give you an idea of some of the research projects our students are currently working on.

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD studentships recruitment round are now closed.

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