Edinburgh Cancer Research

TRACC Programme CRTF-PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowships with PhD.


The TRACC Programme Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs) enable clinicians who have already completed their medical degree to develop an academic career and obtain a PhD degree. This is done in parallel to their core activities in the clinic and achieved through flexible Clinical Lectureships and personalised mentoring by experienced Clinical Academics.

The TRACC/TRACC+ Programme CRTF-PhD scheme is recruiting now! For details please download the pdf or word document file below:



Scheme Summary

The selection of clinical research training fellows and their matching to supervisors/projects will be via a joint Edinburgh-Glasgow selection panel and will be based on established good practice from both partners. The appointed fellows will participate in an induction week, visiting both Glasgow and Edinburgh with structured networking with potential PhD supervisors from both institutions and to match with their clinical and research mentors (see the figure below). The fellows will choose their base location in Edinburgh or Glasgow and register for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh or the University of Glasgow respectively. Postgraduate Deans at both Universities have agreed to provide Clinical Lectureships to facilitate these arrangements. During their pre-doctoral appointment and the PhD period the fellows will be advised and supported through a carefully designed monitoring and mentoring scheme. On appointment each trainee will be allocated a Clinical Mentor, an academically-active clinician from a relevant discipline, who will assist with integrating clinical and research training.

Activities during one-year ‘run-in’ period of the TRACC clinical research training fellowship. OOPR stands for Out of Programme Research.

Eligibility and application procedure

  • Applications are welcomed from trainees in all specialties and from all regions of the UK.
  • All applicants must hold a medical degree.

Essential attributes

  • Aspiring to PhD training that is relevant to cancer.
  • Eligible for higher clinical training.
  • Evidence of high academic distinction and potential (first class honours BSc, honours MBChB, multiple prizes, research papers, etc.).
  • Introductory research experience at BSc or MSc undergraduate research project, postgraduate research with high attainment.
  • Of a standard likely to be successful in obtaining a Training Fellowship in national open competition.

Application procedure

Normally recruitment takes place in the autumn for intake in the following August. Vacancies are advertised via multiple outlets including the following websites:

Relevant information will be also provided on this website and the mirror site at the CRUK Glasgow Centre.

Applications should be submitted, along with a supporting statement (around 300 words) and full CV, using the University’s online application system. All applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in front of a panel including members of the TRACC Programme Management Board and invited external panel members. All shortlisted candidates will be notified if they have been successful at interview or not.

Questions about the recruitment procedure and entry requirements are welcomed and should be directed to the administrator of the TRACC Programme CRTF scheme (traccadmincrtf@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk).