There are two opportunities for our academics to work alongside a Crick PI to submit a joint project proposal and work to supervise a student: the Doctoral Clinical Fellows scheme and/or the PhD programme. 

Doctoral Clinical Fellows 

When: The call for project proposals for the Doctoral Clinical Fellows scheme is usually open for the month of March. 

Apply: The call for this scheme usually opens via departmental emails, although you may request more information, express your interest, or ask to be directly notified when the calls opens by emailing the Crick-Imperial Partnership Manager, Dr Corinne Hanlon.

More information: Doctoral Clinical Fellows carry out exciting research projects while following the Crick's clinical PhD programme over a three-year period rather than the traditional four-years. Applicants apply directly to the Crick and are asked to express their interest in two or three PhD projects. 

PhD Programme 

When: The call for project proposals for jointly-funded Crick-Imperial PhDs (with both Imperial and Crick PIs acting as co-primary supervisors) usually opens to academics from May and closes in mid-June. The call for Imperial PIs to act as second supervisors on core-Crick funded PhDs is informal and initiated by the Crick PI on an ad hoc basis.

Apply: The call for this scheme usually opens via departmental emails, although you may request more information, express your interest, or ask to be directly notified when the calls opens by emailing the Crick-Imperial Partnership Manager, Dr Corinne Hanlon.

More information: The Crick’s international reputation attracts high quality applicants from across the globe. For the 2021 PhD Programme, 43 appointments were made from over 1,600 applications. There are two routes for Imperial PIs to be involved with Crick PhD projects: either as co-primary supervisor on a jointly-funded Imperial-Crick PhD, or as a second supervisor on a core-Crick funded PhD.

For jointly-funded PhDs, the hosting department is expected to cover the registration fees and 50% of the cost of the stipend and consumables. The project proposal is written in partnership between the Imperial and Crick PIs.

For core-funded Crick PhDs, the hosting Imperial department is expected to cover the registration fees, but not to contribute towards the stipend or consumables. As such, the project proposal is written in entirety by the Crick PI. For an Imperial PI to be involved in a core-Crick PhD, it is the responsibility of the Crick PI to identify a suitable Imperial PI and approach them directly to ask for involvement and departmental agreement to cover the fees. A second supervisor plays an active role in the student’s Thesis Committee, but a limited role in the scientific direction of the project. 

Full details on the Crick PhD Programme are available on the Crick website.