Clinical Primer scheme

This scheme is open for applications.
The closing date is 09:00 GMT Thursday 15 December 2016.

About the scheme

Are you considering a career as a clinical academic but want to experience life as a researcher before you decide?

Clinical primers are aimed at medical, veterinary and dental clinical graduates. They are designed to give outstanding early career clinicians the chance to experience a world-class research environment for the first time. 

Applications from suitably qualified clinical graduates are invited for six month biomedical research “primer” projects to be undertaken at the University of Bristol.  These are supported by a Wellcome Trust ‘Institutional Strategic Support Fund’ award to the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and the University of Bristol. The funding will cover clinical salary and associated project costs.

Eligibility

This opportunity is aimed at exceptionally motivated clinically qualified medical, veterinary and dental trainees who are at an early stage of their career, but who can demonstrate a capability and a drive to undertake a period of research with a view to developing a career in academic medicine. Successful candidates will undertake a biomedical "primer" project at the University of Bristol, with a view to preparing them for a PhD fellowship application.

Applicants must either:

  • be fully-qualified medical doctors or dentists and will be ready to start, have started or completed their specialist training (in which case the project will be undertaken as an out of programme module)

or

  • have completed a degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science; an intercalated degree or other research experience (eg undergraduate vacation project) is also desirable.

All applicants should be entitled to work within the European Economic Area.

Primers will be available in various areas and specialties. Some examples are listed below. Please contact us to discuss your speciality if it is not listed: 

  • Bioengineering
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Infection and immunity
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Neurosciences and psychiatric disease
  • Population health and epidemiology
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Renal disease
  • Zoonotic disease

Projects will be interdisciplinary in nature and so will be co-supervised by clinical and non-clinical members of staff. The training period is negotiable (range 3-6 months) and will allow time for one clinical session per week, if applicable.

Terms and conditions

The funds awarded for the Primers include a contribution from our Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and, as such, are covered by the Wellcome Trust terms and conditions (PDF, 106kB)

Please read these terms and conditions prior to making an application to ensure suitability of this funding source for your project.

If you have any queries regarding the terms and conditions, please contact the EBI Manager Dr Nina Couzin (ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk).

Clinical Primers awarded in 2016

How to apply

Download and complete the application form below, and return it, together with your CV, to ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk.

Your application will be reviewed and if successful, you will be invited to an interview in Bristol.

Further information and queries

If you require further information or have any queries, please email ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk.

Case studies

Some examples of how this scheme works in practice:

Previous Clinical Primers

Find out more about previously awarded Clinical Primers.

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