Research at a microscope

Doctoral clinical fellows

We look for exceptional clinicians to gain a broad and deep interdisciplinary research experience.


Applications now closed

Applications for the 2020 doctoral clinical fellow programme are now closed.

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 have the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.  

Applicants for this competitive programme are expected to have:

  • a medical, dental or veterinary degree (awarded by summer 2020 at the latest),
  • previous wet or dry lab research experience (desirable), and
  • continuous full General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent (eg GDC registration, RVCS registration, equivalent national registration outside the UK).

Views from fellows

Meet some of our doctoral clinical fellows and hear about their work at the Crick. 

Hear from the fellows

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.

Funding & partners


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

The programme

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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.


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

Applications must have been submitted through our academic recruitment system.

  • You must complete all required sections of the application form in full.
  • Your application must have been submitted by 12 noon (GMT), Wednesday 13 November 2019.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • References should be received by Wednesday 20 November 2019.
  • You 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.

After the reference submission deadline, your application will be available to all recruiting supervisors to consider. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 6 January 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one-day interview programme (whole day) at the Crick, taking place on Thursday 30 January 2020.

During the interview day, candidates will get the chance to meet members of the supervisory teams that shortlisted them, learn more about the Crick's clinical PhD programme, talk to some current fellows, attend a tour of the Crick and have a formal panel interview.