Early career training and support

Supporting the next generation of health and biomedical researchers is of the very highest priority for the University of Bristol.

At Bristol the Faculties of Life Sciences and Health Sciences have a dynamic research community.  Postgraduates are enrolled in a range of taught or research-based programmes, guided by leading clinicians and academics. Our programmes include two Wellcome Trust PhD programmes.

Postgraduates receive their training in internationally renowned research groups. Groups span the biomedical science disciplines of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience through to the disciplines associated with population health which include life course epidemiology, genomics, primary care and public health. The research takes place in laboratories within the university and in clinical settings across Bristol, including the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, North Bristol NHS Trust, as well as general practices and other community health services.

Postgraduate courses within the Faculties of Life Sciences and Health Sciences

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute funded training schemes

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute plays a vital role in this by supporting the most talented clinical and non-clinical researchers to progress along the road to successful and independent academic research careers. The Institute supports this aim by funding a number of training schemes:

  • Postgraduate extension (or discipline-hopping) fellowships, designed for students who have just submitted their PhDs and looking for interdisciplinary training;
  • Clinical primers for enthusiastic medical and veterinary graduates to spend six month immersion in one of our world-leading health and biomedical research groups before securing funding for a PhD fellowship;
  • Early Career Fellowships, for clinical and non-clinical researchers to help them secure externally funded independent post-doctoral research fellowships.

All our talented fellows are provided with extensive mentoring and training to enhance their chance of future success.

GW4 Clinical Academic Training programme

The Wellcome Trust-funded GW4 Clinical Academic Training programme (GW4-CAT) is a scheme that brings together the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter in developing the next generation of clinical academics. Within the programme, exceptional early career medical, veterinary and dental graduates will have the chance to undertake an interdisciplinary PhD training in one of over 50 world-leading research groups.

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