Funding for 4ward North Clinical PhD Academy renewed by the Wellcome Trust

We are delighted to announce that the Wellcome Trust has renewed funding for the 4ward North Clinical PhD Academy in a highly competitive setting. The 4Wrd North group incorporates the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle, and the original 5 year cycle of funding supported 4 medical/dental/veterinary trainees per year. The Wellcome Trust have widened the remit and now the Academy will additionally be able to accept applications from a wide range of health care professionals (such as radiographers, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists etc). The newly awarded 5 years funding cycle has been increased to support 5 PhDs per year. Applicants are encouraged to seek supervisory support from across the 4Wrd North group, and the Academy also has links to the Crick and Turing Institutes. More information can be found at the website

Professor Alison Condliffe from the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, who is the Academy Director for Sheffield said ‘We are delighted that the Wellcome Trust have renewed our Academy and indeed have increased our funding. This is in recognition of the fantastic research opportunities across the 4Wrd N institutions. This award will enable us to put talented health care professionals into some of the best laboratories in the world, making discoveries that will make a real impact on the understanding and treatment of disease, and training the clinical academics of the future.