Doctoral clinical fellows

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

Applications are closed.

Applications are currently closed. Applications to the 2025 programme will open in early October 2024.

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

At the time of application, candidates for this competitive programme are expected to:

  • hold a medical, dental or veterinary degree;
  • have held clinical post following qualification with a medical, dental or veterinary degree;
  • hold General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent registration (eg GDC registration, RVCS registration, equivalent national registration outside the UK);
  • have previous wet or dry lab research experience (desirable)

Note that these are 3-year full time positions on our PhD programme, to carry out research leading to the award of a PhD. As fellows will be enrolled in a full time PhD programme, there is limited time for participation in clinical activities and clinical activities do not form a structured part of the programme.

Views from fellows

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

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Funding & partners


These positions are fully funded for three years.

Successful candidates receive a salary commensurate with their current experience/stage of training (up to but not including NHS consultant level).

Tuition fees and research costs are also covered.


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

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.

Any questions?

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Rebecca Morrison quote

Rebecca Morrison inside the Crick

The Crick is one of the most incredible places to do a PhD – you are surrounded by passionate and talented scientists from a large number of disciplines, with plenty of opportunities to collaborate and learn.

Rebecca Morrison, Crick doctoral clinical fellow, Gutierrez Lab



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), 15 November 2023.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • References should be received by 22 November 2023. 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.

After the reference deadline:

  • Your application will be reviewed first by members of the Crick’s Academic Training team (junior researchers) for the purposes of checking eligibility.
  • After this eligibility check, your application will be reviewed by the Crick’s senior clinical management team and by the recruiting supervisors for the purposes of shortlisting. Some supervisors may invite other members of their group to participate in this initial shortlisting.
  • In order to reduce the potential impact of unconscious bias, supervisors will not see your name when they first review your application.
  • Supervisors will see the names of any candidates (as many as they wish) that they add to their shortlist.
  • Some supervisors may choose to contact some applicants for an informal discussion during this shortlisting period, and so please continue to monitor your email.
  • If you do not hear from a supervisor that you selected on your application form this does not mean that you are not in active consideration; you may still be shortlisted for invitation to interview.
  • Shortlisted candidates’ applications may also be made available to members of the Crick’s clinical steering committee for the purposes of final shortlisting and relevant funding partners for the purposes of checking eligibility for funding.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 3 January 2024.



Candidates on the final shortlist will be invited to an interview day at the Crick, taking place on Thursday 25 January 2024. 

During the interview day, candidates will meet members of the supervisory teams that shortlisted them and have a formal panel interview. Candidates will also be invited to attend two information sessions; one with the Crick’s academic training team to learn more about the Crick’s doctoral clinical fellows programme and one with some of our current doctoral clinical fellows. 

Travel expenses (including the cost of a visitor visa if required) will be covered and accommodation will be provided if required. 

Full details will be provided to candidates that are invited to interview.

Key dates

2 October 2023

Applications open

15 November 2023

Application deadline (12 noon GMT)

22 November 2023

Deadline for referees to submit references

By 3 January 2024

Shortlisted candidates invited to interview

25 January 2024

Panel interviews

Mid-September 2024

Programme start

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