Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships 930 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships provide financial support for early career researchers from low- and middle-income countries to receive training in public health at postgraduate or postdoctoral level. The fellowships aim to help early career researchers consolidate their research skills, gain additional training and develop their research vision, to explore new research areas within public health. The fellowship is about learning the new research skills and techniques that will help the fellows establish themselves as independent researcher leaders in the future.

Fellows must be based at an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country for the research project.

Applicants can choose to stay in their current laboratory (even if they already hold an established post), return to a laboratory that they have worked in before, or move to a new laboratory in a low- or middle-income country. They can do their training at centres of excellence regionally or internationally.

The sponsor the applicant chooses should be an individual who holds an established post for the duration of the fellowship, and who has an ongoing research programme. He/she must have a strong track record in research, training and mentorship, so that the sponsor can provide the candidate with guidance during the application process and fellowship. The sponsor should not require the candidate to spend more than 8 hours a week on non-research activites (eg clinical duties, teaching or administration).

Applicants also have to identify a supervisor who will be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of their research projects.


The fellowship is for 3 years and can be held on a part-time basis. The fellowship can be for up to 4 years for those wanting to do Masters training or a diploma course relevant to the research proposal. Fellows will receive a salary that reflects the skills, responsibilities and expertise needed to carry out the role, which includes;

  • a basic salary
  • employer’s contributions, including any statutory obligations (eg National Insurance contributions if you’re based in the UK) and pension scheme costs
  • any incremental progression up the salary scale and
  • locally recognised allowances such as London allowance.

Visa and work permit costs will also be covered. Such visa coverage includes visa costs for the fellow’s partner and dependent children. Wellcome Trust will also cover Immigration Health Surcharge costs for the fellow, the fellow’s partner and dependent children if the fellow will be in the UK for 6 months or more. Rssential associated costs, such as travel to attend appointments at a visa application centre or embassy, are also covered.

Fellows will be given £1,000 for personal removal expenses if they have to move to take up the post at their host organisations.

Research expenses directly related to the research proposal will be covered by the fellowship. An Inflation Allowance and a Flexible Funding Allowance will also be given. Research management and support costs, including support for attending scientific meetings, will be covered. Wellcome Trust will give overseas allowances for training and collaborative research spent outside the home institution country, where appropriate.

Research management and support costs are covered if the host organisation is in a low- or middle-income country and the fellow’s grant is directly awarded to that organisation, or if part of that grant will be sub-contracted to an organisation in a low- or middle-income country. The total research management and support costs should not be more than 20% of the direct research costs the fellow is requesting.


Applicants’ proposed research must focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country and have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country. Applicants must be nationals of low- and middle-income countries (see the Official Website for eligible countries), who are:

  • PhD holders and are early career researchers; or
  • Holders of a degree in a subject relevant to public health and some initial research experience; or
  • Clinically qualified doctors (who are qualified to enter higher specialist training), vets, dentists or clinical psychologists, and have some initial research experience.

Those without a PhD are required to register for one if they are granted the fellowship. Applicants must want to undertake a guided period of research so that they could consolidate their existing experience and explore new areas of research. Those who have been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), will be considered as well.

The research proposal should be within Wellcome Trust’s science remit and focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country. Applications will be judged on:

  • research experience
  • the quality and importance of the research question(s)
  • candidate’s knowledge of the scientific area
  • the feasibility of the proposal
  • the suitability of the choice of research sponsors and environments
  • the candidate’s vision of how this fellowship will contribute to his/her career development.
    We encourage fellows to collaborate with researchers in other low- and middle-income countries.

Fellows are urged to collaborate with researchers in other low- and middle-income countries.

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 is to be done online, closes on 22 November 2018 (preliminary application) and on 5 February 2019 (full application).

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