Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Clinical PhD Fellowships

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

We provide funding for two Clinical Research Training Fellowships each year as part of the University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians.

Programme Design

The Programme offers 8 fellowships per year funded by the Wellcome Trust, plus an additional 2 fellowships per year funded by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Studentships cover the broad themes of genetic medicine, infection and immunity, neuroscience and mental health, structural and cell biology applied to medicine, cardiovascular medicine, developmental biology, and epidemiology, public health and primary care.

Programme Structure

The structure of the programme depends on the fellow’s background. Academic Clinical Fellows or Veterinary Fellows based in Cambridge or Norwich will undertake workshops, lectures and mini-projects, similar to graduate students on Wellcome Trust-funded 4-year PhD Programmes in basic science (see Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease,  Infection & Immunity, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Gurdon Institute programmes). Individuals who do not hold academic clinical fellowships in Cambridge will be offered a 3-month out-of-programme experience (OOPE), funded by the School of Clinical Medicine and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. During this time students attend appropriate lectures, workshops, meet a range of supervisors and undertake mini-projects in laboratories in areas of interest.

Individuals who are interested in epidemiology, public health and primary care or in computational biology can be funded to undertake a taught MPhil prior to starting their PhD.

All appointed fellows choose a supervisor and second supervisor, and prepare a research proposal for their PhD project in the form of a ‘Project Grant Application’.

At the start of the Programme, all fellows attend an induction afternoon organised by the School of Clinical Medicine. Fellows also attend various transferable skills training sessions throughout the year. It is expected that you will spend approximately two weeks each year on transferable skills training. The Graduate School provides a large selection of both taught and online courses to choose from.

Throughout the programme and after completion, you will be mentored by one or more individuals from the Faculty and Management Committee of the PhD programme.

Year 1

During year 1 fellows are encouraged to present regularly at lab meetings and to attend journal clubs and seminars. At the end of Year 1 you will prepare an upgrading report, detailing your first years work and proposals for further research. There will also be a summer symposium where you will present your work.

Year 2

You are encouraged to present regularly at lab meetings, departmental seminars and at meetings of learned societies. You will also prepare for, and present at the summer symposium.

Year 3

Regular presentation at lab meetings, departmental seminars and meetings of learned societies. Progress is reviewed by a ‘mentoring committee’ and you will again present at the summer symposium. You will prepare your thesis for submission (30th September) and your final viva will take place in October / November.

For further information please see http://www.mrl.ims.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate-study-at-the-mrl/wellcome-trust-clinical-phd-programme/.