Selection process


The panel will select outstanding national and international candidates from anonymised applications.

Candidates will be selected on merit, irrespective of gender, age, full/part time or country of origin, as long as they fit the eligibility criteria.


As the GW4-CAT admissions process is not project-focused, you will be expected to show that you are a motivated clinically qualified trainee and demonstrate the capability and drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a long-term career as a clinical academic. You will also be expected to convincingly explain why GW4-CAT is the right programme for you.

You will be given more specific information about the interview format if you are selected to attend.

Recruitment timeline 2020-21 intake for Cohort V:

  • Applications live 1st February 2020.
  • The closing date for applications will be 6th March 2020.
  • Interviews will take place on 12th May 2020.
  • Successful candidates will be notified shortly after interview.
  • Successful applicants will also be expected to attend an Introductory Week from 15th September 2020. This date will be confirmed at the interviews to enable you to arrange any appropriate leave.
  • We expect successful applicants to start their position around August or September 2021 but this is negotiable.

Unsuccessful Candidates

Where necessary, the GW4-CAT Programme may allocate reserve places to candidates who were deemed appointable in the interview but who were not offered a place. These candidates may be offered a full place on
the GW4-CAT Programme should a vacancy arise or additional places become available. If you have been placed on a reserve list, you will be informed at the time your interview outcome is communicated.

Applicants who are shortlisted and invited to interview but are not successful in securing a GW4-CAT fellowship will receive:

  • Support from the programme manager and one of the programme directors in building their project for one further submission to GW4-CAT.
  • Advice and mentorship though the application process for an equivalent research training award from other funders, such as the MRC or NIHR.

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