Liverpool Clinical PhD Programme for Health Priorities in the Global South

University of Liverpool
Liverpool, Merseyside
£36,386 - £58,398 pa
Closing date
17 Jan 2023

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University & research
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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The University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine seek applications from UK-registered health professional graduates for our next annual cohort of Clinical PhD studentships, commencing September 2024, and funded by Wellcome UK. There are 4 posts available which offer exciting opportunities in research training for medical, midwifery, veterinary and other allied health practitioners. They offer a first step towards developing a research career in diseases of resource poor settings. The Liverpool Clinical PhD Programme has strong links with many potential overseas research sites.

The successful applicants will be expected to spend a substantial amount of time overseas in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) completing a PhD project addressing a research question of relevance to local health needs. Usually this would be for 18 months or more. Applicants may spend a reduced period of time overseas should personal circumstances dictate, but the need to focus on health problems relevant to LMICs would remain essential.

Applicants are expected to submit a 500-word concept note outlining a potential research project with their initial application. If shortlisted for interview, this will need to be developed into a more detailed proposal.

We expect to inform candidates selected for interview in January with interviews taking place in March. Early contact with a Liverpool associated supervisor is essential to ensure a robust project is demonstrated at concept note stage, as well as a clear link to Liverpool expertise. Projects may cover all aspects of health research. Those with an interest in applied and/or experimental medicine are encouraged to apply. A list of supervisors linked to the programme is available at

Applicants for the scheme can include graduates who possess a clinical qualification and licence to practice in the UK (i.e. GMC, NMC, RCVS or other clinical professional registration). This includes doctors, midwives, nurses, public health trainees, pharmacists and other allied health professionals and veterinary graduates. Due to terms set out by the ultimate funder, we cannot accept applications from candidates not licensed to practice in the UK.

To apply:

Medical graduates must have passed the relevant specialty postgraduate exam e.g. MRCP, MRCS, MRCOphth/FRCOphth Part 1, MRCPsych, MRCOG Part 1, MRCPCH, FRCA Part 1. GPs are advised to contact the office to clarify their eligibility. It is anticipated that most applicants will have already commenced specialist training, but this is not essential. Individuals within their last six months of specialist training would not usually be eligible but should contact the scheme to discuss. Medical appointments will have their salaries matched to their current nodal point. For all other appointments, salaries will be determined based on current salary and benefits package as well as experience.

Veterinary graduates must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary appointments will be made according to standard (non-clinical) University pay scales.

Midwives, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, or Health and Care Professions Council, and have a minimum of 2 years full time post-registration experience (or equivalent part-time). A relevant Master’s degree would be advantageous. However, candidates with a first class or upper second-class honours degree will be considered if they can demonstrate substantial research experience.

Other clinical professionals must hold their relevant professional licence and will be assessed on criteria similar to midwives and nurses.

All applicants will be expected to demonstrate strong academic potential and a clear interest in health challenges in the global south and a desire to pursue these in their future career.

Applicants will be shortlisted, interviewed and recruited according to University of Liverpool recruitment processes. Depending on the institution in which their primary supervisor is based, successful applicants will either be appointed to The University of Liverpool or Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine from the outset of their fellowship.

Informal enquires to be directed to Elly Wallis, Research Programme Coordinator:

For full details and to apply online please click the apply button.

Closing date: 17 January 2023.


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