Page 1: GW4-CAT Overview

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

Within this programme, exceptional early career medical, veterinary and dental 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 & 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.

For further information about the application process, please see the GW4-CAT Website or contact the administrative team on