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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.

There are no fellowships currently available. Yet there may be further individual PhD fellowships advertised throughout the year. To register your interest for future PhD fellowship opportunities, please email [email protected].


Previously advertised fellowships (now closed)


The Francis Crick Institute PhD for Clinicians

Applications were invited for our 2019 doctoral fellowships for clinicians. These fellowships provide an opportunity for talented clinicians 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.

A variety of PhD projects were available, with funding from the Crick, Cancer Research UK, NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital BRC and NIHR University College London Hospitals BRC. 

Application deadline: 13 November 2018 


Cancer Research UK - Wellcome Trust Fellowships

Our prestigious Cancer Research UK and Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme aims to develop and support future leaders in clinical cancer research. Our recent recruitment round opened 21 September 2018. We advertised 12 projects with an application deadline of 22 October 2018.

It is expected that our next recruitment round will open in September 2019. To register your interest for future PhD fellowship opportunities, please email [email protected].


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.

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