Wellcome Clinical PhD Programme in Global Health Research – 2017 to 2021


The Wellcome Clinical PhD Programme in Global Health Research is a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George’s University of London, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School bringing together their expertise in global health research. The Programme provides postgraduate training opportunities to clinicians committed to undertaking research on the health problems of low and middle income countries.


The Programme will support up to four clinical PhD fellowships each year over five years.

Recruitment for 2021-22 (5th and final cohort) has taken place.  There were a large number of applications so it was extremely competitive this year and shortlisting was particularly difficult.  The Wellcome Trust have changed their funding strategies for future programmes and this particular stream will not be funded again.  We will have more news about a future Wellcome Trust funded PhD Programme soon though.

The aim of the current Programme is to support the most promising clinicians who wish to undertake rigorous research training and complete a research project in the field of global health. The Programme will focus on the following six key areas:

  • HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Mental health
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Non-communicable diseases.

The Programme has a large pool of potential supervisors who have a breadth of clinical specialities and experience in these areas.

Successful applicants will develop their potential to become academic clinicians within a structured and mentored training environment. They will, usually, spend up to two years overseas in a low or middle income country based in well-established research groups.

Financial support is for three years and includes a clinical salary, research expenses, general training funds and travel costs.


Applicants must be fully-qualified medical doctors (with no more than 10 years’ whole time equivalent [WTE] career experience after full medical qualification at the time of applying), have a right to work in the UK, be eligible for home PhD fees only, should be currently engaged in a specialist training programme and not yet awarded a CCT or equivalent.  They must demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to pursuing a career as an academic clinician with an interest in global health.


Each application must include the following:

  • A completed on-line application form.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.  Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.  The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. 

  • A completed additional Clinical PhD Programme application form

Please ensure this is completed and attached to the on line application. The application form can be found as an attachment to the front page of the online application.

  • A copy of your CV

This should include the names and email addresses of two [2] referees who can be contacted immediately, one of whom should be familiar with your academic work.

  • A letter of support from your academic referee


Short-listed candidates will be referred to potential supervisors to discuss and develop a detailed research proposal and budget for submission to the interview panel.

Interviews are held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Candidates will be required to give a 10-minute presentation on their research proposal.

KEY DATES for 2020

15 September 2020:    Application process opens for 2021 intake

06 November 2020:    Closing date for applications

March 2021:    Interviews held at LSHTM

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