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Fellowships

We offer a portfolio of personal support schemes to cover the key stages of a research career. All awardees are provided with a salary or stipend, and a budget for research expenses.

Support is available for basic biomedical scientists, clinically qualified investigators (including clinical psychologists, dentists and veterinarians) and public health researchers. We also support low- and middle-income country scientists working in public health or tropical medicine.

Research projects can be based in the laboratory, the clinic or the field and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches. Where appropriate, applications are encouraged from candidates trained in disciplines outside the biomedical sciences who are applying their expertise to biomedical problems. We are also keen to support flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

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Support for postdoctoral researchers in basic biomedical science at each stage of their career.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
Provide support for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers.

Sir Henry Dale Fellowships
Provides outstanding postdoctoral scientists wishing to build their own independent, biomedical research career based in a UK academic organisation.

Research Career Development Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science
Provide an opportunity for postdoctoral scientists to become independent research scientists and to undertake research of high quality in a Republic of Ireland institution.

Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science
Provide support for exceptional individuals who can demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research.

Career Re-entry Fellowships
Provide postdoctoral scientists who have had a recent break of at least two years with the opportunity to return to high-quality research, with the potential for refresher or further training.

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Support for clinicians at each stage of their careers. These schemes are open to individuals qualified in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or clinical psychology wishing to conduct research in their field.

Research Training Fellowships
Provide support for medical, dental, veterinary or clinical psychology graduates who have little or no research training, but who wish to develop a long-term career in academic medicine.

Postdoctoral Training Fellowships for Clinicians
Provides support for clinicians wishing to obtain high-quality postdoctoral training that will lay the foundations for a successful independent research career.

Intermediate Clinical Fellowships
Provide support for outstanding medical, dental, veterinary or clinical psychology graduates to continue research interests at postdoctoral level and develop towards independence.

Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science
Provide support for clinical investigators to further develop their research potential and to establish themselves as leading investigators in clinical academic medicine.

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Wellcome Trust-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Postdoctoral Fellowships
Offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists to undertake research at the interfaces between biology/medicine and mathematics, engineering, computer, physical or chemical sciences, first at MIT and then at a UK institution.
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Provide long-term support for researchers of international standing. The most prestigious of the Trust's personal awards.

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Support for researchers in low- and middle-income countries in public health and tropical medicine at each stage of their career.

Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Provide support for postgraduate research and training relevant to health in low- and middle-income countries.

Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Provide support for researchers from low- and middle-income countries who are at an early stage in their research careers, to gain research experience and training relevant to health in low- and middle-income countries.

Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Provide support for high-calibre, mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries, to establish an independent research programme in a low- and middle-income country location.

Senior Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Provide support for outstanding researchers from low- and middle-income countries, to establish themselves as leading investigators at an academic institution in a low- and middle-income country location.

Most grants are awarded to assist those starting out or in the early stages of their research career. At later career stages, the grants become fewer and more prestigious.  Research Career Re-entry Fellowships allow those who have taken a break from research to recommence their career.

Download our UK research career funding brochure [PDF 6.34MB] or our research career schemes diagram [PDF 712KB] for an overview of our personal support schemes available to researchers based in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Wellcome Trust Career Tracker
We are tracking the progress of Wellcome Trust award holders' careers over time through our  Career Tracker. The first wave of results was published in March 2010 and the second wave of results in May 2011.

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