Wellcome 4ward North Clinical PhD Scheme in Northern England

As you may be aware, in 2016/17 Wellcome funded a partnership between Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities, known as the 4ward North Academy (N4), to host Clinical PhD training fellowships.

N4 aims to support those with identified academic potential to take the first critical step in establishing a career as a clinical academic and research leader of the future. In addition to the partner institutes, N4 also includes collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute thereby adding to the opportunities for those accepted onto the programme.

The 4ward North Academy

Those who secure a place on the 3-year PhD programme will become ‘Wellcome clinical PhD fellows’, a prestigious marker of esteem for a future career combining research with clinical practice. This award replaces the legacy Wellcome Clinical PhD funding stream, i.e. salary + pension contributions, project running costs and an annual training allowance.
Those successful in securing a fellowship from the Academy will receive:
A comprehensive quarterly training programme with leading clinical academics and bespoke mentoring;
A personalised training plan with one of the Programme Directors;
£2,000 per annum bursary for three years awarded after the PhD for flexible training and meeting attendance
An opportunity to compete for our ‘Leading Scholars’ Programme’ in collaboration with the FCI which offers 12-months research support immediately after the PhD to pump-prime postdoctoral clinical career development applications.
Those who are shortlisted but are not successful in securing a fellowship from the Academy will receive:
Help in building their project.
Guidance, advice and mentorship though the application process for an equivalent research training award from other funders, such as the MRC.

The third round of this funding is now complete and the launch event for round four is on 10th September 2019 in Sheffield. Those interested in applying for this doctoral fellowship scheme and other schemes are urged to register and attend this event to find out more about applying for doctoral fellowships. The details of the application process will be discussed along with a fantastic Keynote and a chance to meet some of those successful last year.

Enquiries about the event can be sent to n4@sheffield.ac.uk

Call for Stage 1 Applications

The 4ward North Clinical PhD Academy invites Stage 1 applications from high quality clinical trainees who wish to undertake a PhD as a first step towards combining research with a clinical career. The Academy is an exciting consortium built on leading research excellence in the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield in collaboration with The Francis Crick Institute. The Academy has won funding from Wellcome to award places on a prestigious Wellcome clinical PhD programme over a five year period. This is the third year of entry into the Wellcome Scheme that will launch the careers of aspiring researchers.

At this first stage, 20 applicants will be selected based on CV and short vision statement of why they want to undertake research training. All 20 will work-up a cutting-edge PhD proposal with our pool of leading supervisors. Of these, five will be selected for funding by shortlisting and interview in spring 2019 (Stage 2 selection) and will begin their PhD as Wellcome clinical doctoral fellows in autumn 2020. Those successful at Stage 1 but not Stage 2 will be supported through the application process to other funders. The Academy can support all clinical specialties across the breadth of the 4 Universities.

Further details of the selection process, eligibility, application forms and important dates are at http://www.4wardnorth.org.uk/

To apply for this exciting opportunity applicants should submit a Stage 1 application form to N4@sheffield.ac.uk

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is Monday 7th October 2019 (9am).