Postgraduate and Postdoctoral training - Wales

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Postgraduate training

The clinical academic training pathway in Wales is the Welsh Clinical Academic Training Fellowship (WCAT). Launched in 2009, the scheme offers academic clinical fellowships in medicine and dentistry. WCAT runs as a collaboration between Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and the major universities in Wales (Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea) in association with and receiving ring-fenced funding from the Welsh Government.

WCAT Fellowships

The WCAT Fellowship provides training from entry through to CCT. It includes a salary funded three-year research project leading to a PhD and a period of clinical training. WCAT fellowships offer 20% protected academic time in the clinical training years.

There are opportunities to work in prestigious research centres worldwide (e.g. Wellcome Trust and MRC centres in London, other recent travelling scholarships include placements in Australia and Canada).

Out of Programme (OOP) applications

All WCAT fellows take three years out of programme (OOP) for a funded PhD. WCAT fellows can also apply for additional time out of clinical training for fellowships. See OOP webpages for further information

Click here for more information on the WCAT pathway.

Through Welsh membership of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR), trainees in Wales also have access to some UK training schemes and also those available through charities such as Wellcome and certain NIHR schemes supported by Health and Care Research Wales. 

HEIW also offers advice on clinical academic careers.

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Postdoctoral training

WCAT Fellowships/Lectureships

The WCAT Fellowship provides training from entry through to CCT. During years two to four the trainee will be expected to work towards and complete a research PhD alongside clinical training.

From year five until successful completion of CCT, trainees will spend 20% time in academic research and 80% on clinical training, allowing for successful completion of clinical training. During this time the trainee will engage in post-doctoral research and be encouraged to apply for externally funded intermediate fellowships. They will be strongly encouraged to include a period of postdoctoral research training at another institution.

Through Welsh membership of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR), trainees in Wales also have access to some UK training schemes including those available through charities such as Wellcome and certain NIHR schemes supported by Health and Care Research Wales. See here for more information.

HEIW also offers advice on clinical academic careers.