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 IV:

  • Applications were released in early February 2019.
  • The closing date for applications was early April 2019.
  • Interviews took place on 16th May 2019.
  • Successful candidates will be notified shortly after interview.
  • Successful applicants will also be expected to attend an Introductory Week from 1-4 July 2019. 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 2020 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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