Wellcome Trust PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

This scheme offers clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.

Scheme at a glance:

Career Stage: Postgraduate Training

Type of researcher: Clinical, Public Health

Where your organisation is based: UK, Republic of Ireland

Level of Funding: Salary & research expenses covered

Duration of funding: Usually 3 years

Who can't apply:

You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.

What we offer:

A PhD undertaken on one of our clinical programmes is usually for three years, and can be held on a part-time basis. Each programme includes support for:

  • a clinical salary
  • PhD registration fees at the home (UK) rate

Nationals of the UK and Republic of Ireland are eligible to pay home fees.

Nationals of all other high-income countries will need to pay international fees. From 1 January 2021, this also includes EU and EEA nationals.

We recommend that you check with the relevant programme to see what fees you will need to pay.

  • college fees (where required)
  • research expenses
  • travel costs, including registration fees and carbon offset costs, and childcare or any other caring responsibility cost

Find out about claiming the costs to offset the carbon emissions of your travel and cover childcare or any other caring responsibilities.

  • general training costs.

How to apply:

To apply for a PhD Training Fellowship, please contact the relevant programme directly.

Please don’t apply to the Wellcome Trust.


Individual PhD programmes recruit students annually.

More information

Find out about how we've worked with the funding community to develop principles and obligations setting out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.