Doctoral clinical fellows

We look for exceptional clinicians to gain a broad and deep interdisciplinary research experience.

Applications are currently closed

Applications for the 2023 doctoral clinical fellows programme will open in early October 2022.

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Fellows carry out exciting research projects for three years while following the Crick's clinical PhD programme, which is a three-year version of our PhD programme.


We are looking for talented and motivated clinicians who are passionate about research, have a strong academic track record and have the potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.  

Applicants for this competitive programme are expected to have:

  • a medical, dental or veterinary degree (awarded by summer 2022 at the latest),
  • previous wet or dry lab research experience (desirable), and
  • continuous full General Medical Council (GMC) registration or equivalent (eg GDC registration, RVCS registration, equivalent national registration outside the UK).

Views from fellows

Meet some of our doctoral clinical fellows and hear about their work at the Crick. 

Hear from the fellows

Applications are welcomed from:

  • candidates from all medical and surgical specialties
  • candidates with a background in dentistry
  • candidates with a background in veterinary medicine 

Applicants should be in a training position (not necessarily with a training number). Candidates at consultant grade will not be considered.

These are full time research positions with limited participation in clinical activities.

Funding & partners


These positions are fully funded for three years.

Successful candidates receive a salary commensurate with their current experience/stage of training (up to but not including NHS consultant level).


The Crick’s clinical PhD programme is run in collaboration with five institutions:

The programme

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Clinical PhD trainees at the Crick thrive in an academic environment underpinned by world-class technical expertise in areas ranging from computational biology and genomics to cell and structural biology and imaging. This provides a firm foundation for clinicians with future academic career paths in mind.

They follow, or have access to, a three-year version of the Crick's PhD programme, which provides extensive scientific and general skills training and clinical mentoring.

As the fellows are enrolled in a full time PhD programme, there is limited participation in clinical activities.

Lesley Sheach quote

Lesley Sheach

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Crick and have received incredible support and guidance from the education team, my supervisor and thesis committee over the past 3 years. I can’t imagine a better environment in which to work and undertake a PhD and I will miss it greatly.

Lesley Sheach, 2016 Crick-CRUK doctoral clinical fellow, Way Lab


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The safety of our candidates and of our staff in the Crick is of paramount importance. For this reason, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the additional logistical challenges that it poses, we have taken the decision to run our interviews for the 2022 doctoral clinical fellows programme by Zoom. This will be the case for all candidates, regardless of where they are currently based. 

Applications must be submitted through our recruitment system.

  • You must complete all required sections of the application form in full.
  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (GMT), 15 November 2021.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • References should be received by 22 November 2021. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.

After the reference deadline, your application will be available to the following people:

  • members of the Crick's Academic Training Team (junior researchers) and the Crick's senior clinical management team for the purposes of checking eligibility;
  • all recruiting supervisors, and potentially also relevant members of their groups for the purposes of shortlisting.

Shortlisted candidates' applications may also be available to the following people:

  • members of the Crick's clinical steering committee for the purposes of final shortlisting;
  • relevant funding partners for the purposes of checking eligibility for funding.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 4 January 2022.

Candidates on the final shortlist will be invited to a formal panel interview taking place virtually via Zoom on Thursday 20 January 2022.

Prior to this, candidates will also be invited to participate in virtual ‘lab visits’ with the labs of the group leaders who have shortlisted them, and invited to attend two information sessions; one with the Crick’s academic training team to learn more about the Crick’s doctoral clinical fellows programme and the other with current doctoral clinical fellows. 

Key dates

1 October 2021

Applications open

15 November 2021

Application deadline (12 noon GMT)

22 November 2021

Deadline for referees to submit references

By 4 January 2022

Shortlisted candidates invited to interview

20 January 2022

Panel interviews

Mid-September 2022

Programme start

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