Clinical Primer scheme

This scheme is currently closed for applications but we are expecting to launch the call for applications in summer 2021.

For further information or to register your interest in this scheme please email the EBI Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore at

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 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/health 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. For information, to date we have funded 17% of applicants to this scheme.

This opportunity is aimed at 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 such as the GW4 Clinical Academic Training programme or similar scheme. 


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


have completed a degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science. An intercalated degree or other research experience (e.g. undergraduate vacation project) is also desirable. Applicants should be entitled to work within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Primers will be available in various areas and specialties. 

We particularly encourage applications from candidates keen to conduct interdisciplinary projects and they 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

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 (

How to apply

This scheme is currently closed for applications.


Further information and queries

Please see our Clinical Primer FAQs (PDF, 231kB) document for answers to some of the more common queries. 

If you require further information or have any other queries, please contact the EBI Funding Officer Sarah Blackmore by email

Funded Clinical Primers

Find out more about our Clinical Primer awardees.

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