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 demonstrate that you are a motivated clinically qualified trainee with 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.

Specific information about the interview format will provided for applicants that are shortlisted for interview.

Unsuccessful Candidates

The GW4-CAT Programme may allocate reserve places to candidates who were deemed appointable at interview but who were not initially offered a place. These candidates may be offered a 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 shortlisted and invited for interview but unsuccessful in securing a GW4-CAT fellowship will receive:

  • Support from the programme manager and a programme director in building their project for one further submission to the GW4-CAT Programme.
  • 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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