Type of Funding
The Wellcome Trust, a global charity foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds, offers 5-year intermediate fellowships for high-calibre, mid-career researchers from low and middle-income countries, to establish independent research programmes in those countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.
The research proposal should focus on 1 of the areas within Wellcome Trust’s public health and tropical medicine areas of activity (see the Official Website for details). Research can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but not projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models.
Fellows will be given a basic salary, which is normally based on the pay scales of the employing institution and which would allow the fellow to focus full-time on research. Those from low- or middle-income countries who will be working in a high-income country for 4 weeks or more, will be paid at an appropriate rate for that country, according to age and experience. Those working in a high-income country for less than 4 weeks will be paid subsistence expenses.
Research expenses are covered (e.g. equipment, collaborative travel, research assistance, fieldwork and data collection), as are research management and support costs. Fellows will receive a Flexible Funding Allowance which is capped at £50,000, as well as an Inflation Allowance to meet the unanticipated, directly incurred costs of the research. Financial support will be given for attendance at scientific meetings and public engagements. Those who need to move to take up the post at the host organisation, will be reimbursed £1,000 for personal removal expenses.
Fellowships are for up to 5 years and will also cover, where justified, course fees and Overseas Allowances for periods of training or collaborative research spent outside the home institution country.
Applicants must be nationals of low and middle-income countries (see the Official Website for eligible countries) who are based in those countries. They should have a PhD or a degree in medicine and are qualified to enter higher specialist training, with significant research experience. Those who do not have a PhD or degree in medicine will still be considered if they have a first or Masters degree and able to show substantial research experience.
Applicants should be researchers driving their own research and be ready to lead an independent research programme. They should have made important contributions to their area of research eg publications, patents, software development or an impact on health policy or practice.
They need to have an eligible sponsoring organisation in a low- or middle-income country that will administer the fellowship for the full duration of the award. Those who have been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave) will also be considered.
This scheme particularly would appeal to early career fellows (such as a Training Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine), as this fellowship would be the next step in their career as a research scientist.
Researchers in India are ineligible as they should instead apply for the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance. Those currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship are also ineligible.
Applications are considered twice a year. The next application, which can be done online, closes on 9 May 2018 (preliminary application) and on 17 July 2018 (full application).