Liverpool Centre for Global Health Research

The Liverpool Centre for Global Health Research (LCGHR) supports early career clinical researchers to develop and undertake first-class global health research in low- and middle-income countries.

The team at the Centre provide operational and technical support to help fellows complete their PhD projects overseas, such as budgeting, work plan writing, applying for ethics, procurement, logistics & shipping. 

About the PhD Programme

LCGHR has supported Wellcome Trust funded clinical PhD Programme fellows since 2008. Funding was again renewed for a new programme which started in 2022. Under this new programme a typical clinical PhD fellowship will be for maximum of 3 years, with the bulk of the time spent completing a clinical research PhD based overseas in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC), addressing a research question of relevance to local health needs.

The Centre has strong links with many potential overseas research sites, including the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) in Malawi where many fellows end up doing their overseas projects.  MLW was established more than 30 years ago as a unique collaboration between the University of Malawi College of Medicine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the University of Liverpool, and the Wellcome Trust, to focus on developing research with direct impact on priority health issues in the region.

Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellows Past and Present

Liverpool Clinical PhD Programme for Health Priorities in the Global South (2023 call)

Applications are now open for the next cohort of PhD Fellows!

In October 2022, Applicants are expected to submit a 500-word concept note outlining a potential research project with their initial application.

Projects should be well conceived and early contact with a Liverpool associated supervisor is essential to ensure robust projects are submitted. Projects may cover all aspects of health research. Those with an interest in applied and/or experimental medicine are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be licenced to practice in the UK to be eligible for the scheme.

If shortlisted for interview the concept note will need to be developed into a more substantial project proposal. We expect to inform candidates selected for interview in January with interviews taking place in March.

Primary Supervisor list for Fellowships commencing September 2023

Tentative recruitment timeline• Applications open: October 2022

  • Applications open: November 2022
  • Deadline for applications: 17th January 2023
  • Shortlisting: Week commencing 23rd January 2023
  • Successful applicants notified by 30th January 2023
  • Project development with help of LCGHR team and Supervisor(s): 9 weeks from 30th January 2023
  • Proposals submitted to panel for review by 31st March 2023
  • Panel review proposals Week commencing 3rd April 2023
  • Interviews: Week commencing 10th April 2023
  • Successful candidates notified within a few days of interview

Liverpool Clinical PhD Programme Timeline 2022/2023


LCGHR Organisational Chart


Liverpool Centre for Global Health Research (formerly Wellcome Trust Tropical Centre)

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