Research at a microscope

Doctoral clinical fellows

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


Applications now closed

Applications for 2020 fellowships will open in early October 2019.

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.


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.

EU nationals

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

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:

Programme & Applications

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.

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.

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Applications should be submitted through our online recruitment system when recruitment opens in early October 2019, and must be submitted by the application deadline.

Key dates

  • 13 November 2019

    Application deadline (12 noon GMT)

  • 20 November 2019

    Deadline for referees to submit references

  • By 6 January 2020

    Shortlisted candidates invited to interview

  • 30 January 2020

    Interviews at the Crick (whole day)

  • Mid-September 2020

    Programme start