Wellcome Trust and AHSC funded Clinical PhD Programmes

Wellcome Trust and AHSC funded Clinical PhD Programmes

Wellcome Trust and AHSC funded Clinical PhD Programmes

Wellcome Trust and AHSC funded Clinical PhD Programmes

Key features

Our 4i, ICCIS and LFFMS Clinical PhD Programmes are typically 3 years in duration and funding provides:

  • A clinical salary
  • PhD registration fees at the UK/EU rate
  • Research expenses

Recruitment for places on the 2018 Clinical Research Fellowships closed on 10 December 2017. The 2019 application round will open in October 2018 and details will be posted on this page.

 

As a world leading centre for research and training, Imperial College London is keen to attract and cultivate the most promising clinical academic researchers at all stages of their careers. The ICL Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest in Europe and is at the forefront of translating biomedical discoveries into patient benefit.

Available to start during 2018 we have up to 8 funded PhD programme fellowships for clinicians. Our doctoral training programmes immerse researchers in world-leading scientific discovery and its translation, focussing on the academic strengths of Imperial that are relevant to all major health problems. Our schemes enable early career success by placing talented individuals in a highly supportive environment and providing each fellow with cutting-edge research projects under experienced supervision and mentorship, regardless of the potential clinical specialty of the applicant.

Applications are invited from exceptional medical graduates who demonstrate a commitment to a research career and aspire to become the next generation of clinical academic leaders to join our prestigious PhD Fellowship programmes. Applicants must be fully qualified medical doctors in training in the UK and at Core Training level or above, in any specialty.

Funding is available through our Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD 4i programme (4i); Imperial College Clinician-Investigator Scholarship (ICCIS) and the Lee Family Faculty of Medicine Scholarship (LFFMS). For more information about these schemes please read below.

Two MRC funded PhD Fellowships are also available through the MRC Imperial Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection Clinical PhD Programme. For more information about these fellowships please visit the CMBI website.

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The Wellcome 4i Clinical PhD Programme

Our aim is to develop the clinical academic leaders of the future. The clinician scientist, through education and training in both biomedical science and clinical medicine, is uniquely positioned to develop key insights and identify knowledge gaps between biomedical research and clinical practice.

The Imperial Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Informatics (4i)  programme offers an unparalleled and comprehensive portfolio of high quality internationally competitive research fellowships.

The Imperial Clinician Scientist programme focuses on the academic strengths of the College that are relevant to major health problems: Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Informatics.

We have shaped our scheme to enable ‘early career success’ by placing talented individuals in a highly supportive environment and providing each individual with cutting-edge research projects under experienced supervision and mentorship.

Through joint appointments and satellite laboratories with the Francis Crick Institute, our programme can offer training opportunities within this interdisciplinary biomedical research institute. There is also the opportunity of training in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is jointly managed by Imperial College and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

Sucessful candidates will be selected on the basis of academic potential, regardless of clinical specialty and matched to projects and supervisors during exploratory discussions with our PhD Programmes selection panel.

There is a single application process for Wellcome 4i, ICCIS and LFFMS. Candidates can submit one application only and need not specify which post they are applying for, this will be discussed at the time of interview. 

ICCIS and LFFMS Clinical PhD schemes

Both the Imperial College Clinician-Investigator Scholarship, ICCIS (generously funded by a private donor) and The Lee Family Faculty of Medicine Scholarships, LFFMS (funded through generous gift from the Lee Charitable Foundation) support doctors demonstrating exceptional clinical academic merit and potential and who wish to undertake rigorous research training within the Faculty of Medicine working in partnership with its NHS partners in the Imperial College AHSC.  ICCIS and LFFMS funded fellows are not expected to identify research projects prior to applying and have the option to undertake research projects under the Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Informatics 4i research themes, or to go beyond the parameters of the themes, providing the project focuses on the academic strengths of Imperial and there is agreement to do so. There is 1 ICCIS and 1 LFFMS award available to start in Summer/Autumn 2018. 

Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of academic potential, regardless of clinical specialty, and matched to projects and supervisors during exploratory discussions with our PhD Programmes selection panel.

There is a single application process for Wellcome 4i, ICCIS and LFFMS. Candidates can submit one application only and need not specify which post they are applying for, this will be discussed at the time of interview. 

Why choose Imperial?

We have designed the Clinical PhD schemes to enable ‘early career success’ by placing talented individuals within a highly supportive and cutting edge research environment.

Successful candidates will:

  • Meet with at least two potential supervisors to identify a suitable research project
  • If necessary, lab visits can be arranged to facilitate project selection.

 During the Clinical PhD our Fellows will benefit from:

  • Two highly qualified and experienced PhD supervisors
  • Mentoring from an established clinical academic who is independent from the Fellow’s training environment
  • Regular research meetings and social events organised specifically for the 4i/ICCIS/LFFMS Fellows cohort
  • Broad skills training and development opportunities provided by the Imperial College London Graduate School
  • Regular input and guidance from our dedicated Clinical PhD Programme Committee (CPPC)
  • Dedicated scheme support from the Imperial Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO)

Towards the end of the PhD our Fellows will have:

  • A planned meeting with the scheme Director and their specialty training programme Director to develop a bespoke plan for reintegration back into clinical training
  • An opportunity to attend out-patient clinics and specialty-specific procedures

Eligibility and how to apply

Recruitment for places on the 2018 Clinical Research Fellowships closed on 10 December 2017. The 2019 application round will open in October 2018 and details will be posted on this page.

We are looking to recruit extremely talented individuals with strong intellectual achievements who possess the highest possible academic potential.   Please refer to the job description (4i JD)

Eligibility requirements – applicants should:

  • Be a GMC registered Doctor in training in the UK
  • Be at Core Training level or above (or in GP Training)
  • Be eligible to take time out of their clinical training programme (OOPR)

 How to apply

  • Applications and CV's should be submitted online via the Job Applicant section of the Imperial College London website
  • The closing date for submitting applications is:  Sunday 10 December 2017 (Midnight GMT)
  • We will take up references for all shortlisted applicants prior to the interview
  • Interviews will take place early Friday 12 January 2018
  • After accepting an offer successful candidates will be required to submit a formal application to Imperial College London to register for a PhD using the postgraduate research application form

 Additional information

  • Recruitment will take place in late 2017/early 2018 with a view to successful candidates starting the research fellowship in Autumn 2018.  There is no fixed start date as we recognise the need to fit with clinical training requirements, however, we expect that all fellows will have started by Christmas 2018
  • Candidates are not required to have chosen a research project for this application. Following interviews, we will match successful candidates to supervisors, labs and projects
  • Wellcome PhD fellows are expected to conform to all requirements stated by the Imperial College London Graduate School Professional Skills programme as part of their PhD research degree registration.
  • Recruitment enquiries should be submitted by email only to: cato@imperial.ac.uk (please note the CATO office opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm)

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I apply to the 4i/ICCIS/LFFMs schemes to part-fund an existing research?
A. No. The schemes do not part-fund existing research.

 Q. Can I (and/or my supervisor) propose a research project?
A.  Ideally, candidates will not have identified research projects prior to applying. An important aspect of the schemes is the matching of successful applicants to the most appropriate research programme within the research portfolio. Choosing the right research programme is a critical step in the career pathway for the clinician scientist. The schemes will enable successful applicants to meet several supervisors to identify a suitable project and to discuss potential projects with experienced independent scientists. The ICCIS and LFFMS PhDs may also be offered under the auspices of the Wellcome 4i scheme arrangements.  ICCIS and LFFMS Fellows will have the option to undertake projects under the Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Informatics 4i research themes, or  to go beyond the parameters of the themes, providing the project focuses on the academic strengths of Imperial and there is agreement and appropriate supervision and support to do so.

Q. Do I need to include a project proposal with my application?
A. No. Candidates are not required to have identified a research project. An important aspect of the schemes is the matching of successful applicants to the most appropriate research programmes within the research portfolio. Choosing the right research programme is a critical step in the career pathway for the clinician scientist. The schemes will enable successful applicants to meet several supervisors to identify a suitable project and to discuss potential projects with experienced independent scientists.

Q.  Are Vets/Dentists eligible to apply for the Wellcome 4i/ ICCIS/LFFMS PhD schemes?
A.  No. The Imperial Clinical Research Fellowship schemes are not open to veterinary and dental graduates.

Q.  Are the Wellcome 4i/ ICCIS/LFFMS PhD schemes open to clinicians who have completed clinical training?
A.  No.  Clinicians with CCT are not eligible to apply.

Q.  How are the Wellcome 4i/ ICCIS/LFFMS PhD fellowships funded?
A.  Successful candidates will be appointed on an Imperial College London Clinical Research Fellow contract and paid a monthly salary.  PhD registration fees and research expenses are included and managed through local departmental processes.  

Q.  What are the key stages of the recruitment project approval process to the Wellcome 4i/ ICCIS/LFFMS PhD fellowships?
A.   Informal offers will be made to successful candidate very soon after the interviews.  Offer holders will then meet representatives of the selection panel and prospective supervisors to start exploring potential areas of research. Once a suitable match is agreed the offer holder submits project proposals for approval by the panel.  After approval has been granted a formal contract will be issued, PhD registration is submitted and the start date is negotiated.

Q. Can you give some examples of current project titles?

Dr Nicholas Quaife

Cardiology

‘Evaluation of Novel Noncoding Determinants of Myocardial Fibrosis’

Dr James Howard

Cardiology

'Applications of machine learning in clinical cardiovascular imaging'

Dr Richard Hewitt

Respiratory Medicine

'How does autophagy interact with innate immune signalling pathways in the pathology of idopathic pulmonary fibrosis?'

Key dates

Key dates: 2018 Recruitment

• 31 October 2017: Open for applications (via ICL website Job applicants section)

• 10 December 2017: Closing date for applications (midnight)

• 12 January 2018: Interviews (at Hammersmith Hospital)

• February 2018: Welcome meeting with offer holders (with our PhD programmes committee, CPPC)

• February-June 2018 (approx.): Exploratory project discussions with CPPC, potential supervisors

• July-October 2018 (approx.): 2018 fellows start fellowship posts (must be in post by 31/12/18)