Wellcome Trust Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine 779 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 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 should be on infectious and non-communicable diseases of relevance to local, national or global health, which includes:

  • Demographic, social science and health economic studies
  • Epidemiological, field and community based studies
  • Health care systems and policy research
  • Measurement of infectious and chronic disease burden
  • Population studies
  • Clinical trials and case control studies
  • Studies of disease mechanisms in the natural host
  • Determinants of disease susceptibility and resistance and
  • Immunity or resistance in natural hosts or vectors.


The fellowship provides 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 could be by distance learning. The following 18 months is for a research project at an eligible organisation in a low- or middle-income country.

The tuition fees for the Masters course will be covered, albeit funds are usually provided at the UK/EU student rate, rather than at the overseas student rate. The fellow will also be given a stipend and his/her return airfare covered. Taxes on the stipend, if applicable, will be covered as well.

While undertaking the research fellowship, fellows will be given a salary, research expenses related to the project proposal, and research management and support costs. Research management and support costs will be granted only if the host organisation is in a low- or middle-income country and the grant is going to be directly awarded to that organisation. Such costs include: training costs, eg transferable skills and personal development training; costs for short-term professional training for administrative, technical and support staff; administration costs; and other costs which are necessary for the research, such as computing and internet access costs and building maintenance.

Personal removal expenses of £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 subject relevant to tropical medicine or public health. 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 must identify an eligible sponsoring institution in a low- or middle-income country to administer the Fellowship for the full tenure of the award.

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. Masters Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine are not available to researchers in India. Those from India should instead apply for funding under the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology India Alliance. Those already possessing a Masters degree should not apply.


Applications are accepted 3 times a year. The next deadline is 26 March 2018.

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