The GW4 Clinical Academic Training PhD Programme for Health Professionals (GW4-CAT HP) is funded by the Wellcome Trust and will provide five PhD Fellowships for registered health professionals from 2022 for five years.

The Directors of the GW4-CAT HP are now inviting expressions of interest from academics to join the PhD Senior Supervisor pool to supervise PhD training for GW4-CAT HP fellow appointed to the scheme.


All supervisors should:

  • be currently working in one of the GW4-CAT HP institutions (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter)
  • be able to provide a vibrant, state-of-the-art and well-resourced training environment
  • have a well-funded research group, with capacity to provide support for training fellows: this would include holding significant personal funding as Principle Investigator from the Wellcome Trust (WT), MRC or another prestigious funder (e.g. CRUK, BHF etc)
  • have a consistent track record of excellence in supervising PhD students (clinical and/or non-clinical) to successful completion that is commensurate with supervisor career stage
  • have an excellent publication track record in 4/3 journals and be REF2021 submissable
  • be prepared to commit time to oversee progress of the CAT HP fellow as Senior Supervisor, and provide frequent and regular supervision with minimal encumbrance from other activities (supervisory or otherwise)
  • be aware and supportive of the requirements of the career pathway for health professionals and vets
  • supervisors at an early career stage (e.g. Senior Research Fellows) will be considered as Senior Supervisors on a case by case basis

Next Steps

If you are interested in being considered as a Senior Supervisor you should provide:

  • a one page expression of interest
  • a copy of your CV – 4 pages maximum, 12 point Ariel font to include:-
    • your PhD student supervision record
    • current and most recent (last five years) funding
    • publications (ten maximum)

Any expressions of interest will be reviewed against our eligibility criteria by the Management Board annually.

The final decision on who will be appointed as a Senior Supervisor will be the responsibility of the GW4-CAT HP Directors and Management Board in discussion with the Fellow.

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