Wellcome Trust International Masters Fellowships 1129 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




Wellcome Trust is inviting junior researchers in low and middle-income countries who wish to gain research experience and high-quality research training at the Masters level, to apply for the International Masters Fellowships (formerly known as Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine). This scheme encourages research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level. The fellowship scheme is usually for 30 months, and can be held on a part-time basis.

Research projects supported by Wellcome Trust are in the following areas:

  • Genetics and molecular science
  • Cellular and developmental science
  • Neuroscience and mental health
  • Infection and immuno-biology
  • Physiology and
  • Population and health


The fellowship has a total value of £120,000 including salary, studentship stipend, fees and research expenses, providing up to 30 months’ support. The first 12 months should be dedicated to undertaking a taught Masters course at a recognised centre of excellence, which can be at anywhere in the world, and which can be by distance learning. The following 18 months is for a research project at an eligible organisation in a low- or middle-income country.

Selected candidates will be paid a stipend for their Masters training. If the taught course or training is in the UK, they can use £15,000 a year (outside London) or £17,000 a year (Greater London) for their stipend. If the course or training is outside the UK, they have to check the living costs with their prospective training organisation. Travel expenses, including outward and return airfares will be covered, as will be tuition fees, according to the rate charged by the training organisation. Taxes on the stipend, if applicable, will be covered as well.

Fellows will be given a basic salary, research expenses related to the project proposal, and research management and support costs. Salary will be paid for the full 30 months of the grant. Research management and support costs will be granted if the host organisation is in a low- or middle-income country and the grant is going to be directly awarded to that organisation, or if part of the grant will be sub-contracted to an organisation in a low- or middle-income country. Research expenses that are directly related to the fellow’s research proposal will be granted. Visa and work permit costs will be covered.

Personal removal expenses of up to £1,000 will also be awarded if the fellow has to move to take up the post at his/her host organisation.


Applicants have to be nationals of low and middle-income countries and hold a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. They have to be at an early stage in their careers, with limited research experience, but have a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for research. Applicants must be based in a low or middle-income country for their research project and be sponsored by an eligible sponsoring institution in a low- or middle-income country. The proposed research has to be within the Wellcome’s science remit and focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country.

The taught course can be anywhere in the world, but fellows must be based in a low or middle-income country. Those intending to be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or another high-income country are ineligible. Those planning to do a Master of Research (MRes) are also ineligible. Researchers in India cannot apply for this Fellowship; instead, they should apply for funding under the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance. Those already possessing a Masters degree should not apply.


Applications are accepted twice a year. The next deadline is 30 August 2019.

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