The Wellcome Trust-funded GW4 Clinical Academic Training programme for Health Professionals (GW4-CAT HP) brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter in developing the next generation of clinical academics.

Within this programme, exceptional early career health professionals and veterinary graduates will have the chance to undertake interdisciplinary PhD training in one of over 50 world-leading research groups in population health, cardiovascular sciences, neuroscience, mental health, infection, immunity and repair, cancer or molecular cell biology.

The scheme is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified trainees who can demonstrate the capability and drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a long-term career as a clinical academic.  Applicants will have previously undertaken research such as an Academic Clinical Fellowship (medical and dental graduates), an internship or residency (veterinary) or via an alternative route such as the Clinical Primer from Bristol or similar schemes from Cardiff and Exeter.

To be eligible for entry into the programme you must have a qualification that allows you to practice clinically in the UK. Please see our Eligibility Criteria page for further details.

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Our partner institutions

University of Bath

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87% of Bath research was defined as world-leading or internationally excellent.

University of Bristol

Bristol University was ranked 10th in the United Kingdom and 17th in Western Europe in the QS World University Rankings 2022.

Cardiff University

Cardiff’s world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact and provides an educationally outstanding experience for students.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. Its success is built on a strong partnership with its students and a clear focus on high performance.

Please follow the links below for further information on:

Applying to the Programme

What we offer

Training and Mentoring

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