Research at a microscope

Doctoral clinical fellows

The opportunity for exceptional clinicians to gain a broad and deep interdisciplinary research experience.


Applications now closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 doctoral clinical fellow programme.

However, applications are now open for the CRUK CoL Centre Clinical PhD programme.

Visit the CRUK CoL Centre website

Fellows carry out exciting research projects for three years while following the Crick's clinical PhD programme, which is a three-year version of our PhD programme.


EU nationals

We welcome applications from EU nationals. Read the Crick statement on the outcome of the EU referendum.

We are looking for talented and motivated clinicians who are passionate about research, have a strong academic track record and hold full GMC registration or equivalent.

Applicants for this competitive programme are expected to have:

  • a medical, dental or veterinary degree
  • previous wet or dry lab research experience (desirable)
  • continuous full General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent

Applications are welcomed from:

  • candidates from all medical and surgical specialties
  • candidates with a background in dentistry
  • candidates with a background in veterinary medicine 

Applicants should be in a training position (not necessarily with a training number). Candidates at consultant grade will not be considered.

These are full time research positions with limited participation in clinical activities.


The positions are fully funded for three years. Successful candidates will receive a salary commensurate with their current experience, paid on the clinical academic scale.

Funding for the fellowships is available via the following routes:

•    The Crick
•    Cancer Research UK, via an Accelerator Award
•    NIHR University College London Hospitals BRC
•    NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital BRC



The Crick’s clinical PhD programme is run in collaboration with five institutions:

The programme

Clinical PhD trainees at the Crick thrive in an academic environment underpinned by world-class technical expertise in areas ranging from computational biology and genomics to cell and structural biology and imaging. This provides a firm foundation for clinicians with future academic career paths in mind.

Fellows on the programme are based at the Crick, supervised by a primary supervisor from the Crick, a secondary supervisor from one of the programme partners, with a practising clinician providing additional mentorship.

They follow, or have access to, a three-year version of the Crick's PhD programme, which provides extensive scientific and general skills training and clinical mentoring.

As the fellows are enrolled in a full time PhD programme, there is limited participation in clinical activities.


How to apply

Before beginning an application you should read:

Applications must be submitted through our recruitment system:

  • You must complete all required sections of the application form in full.
  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (GMT), Tuesday 13 November 2018.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • References should be received by Tuesday 20 November 2018.
  • Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.


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