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Research Career Development Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

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Purpose

This scheme provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scientists from across the remits of the Trust's funding streams to become independent research scientists and undertake high-quality research in an eligible Republic of Ireland institution.

The awards will be made in partnership with the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB).

Details of awarded fellows are available.

What's included

Fellowships are tenable for five years and provide:

Fellowships may be taken up on a part-time employment basis, where appropriate.

Time permitted for non-research related activity during the fellowship is normally restricted to a maximum of eight hours each week.

Successful candidates for this scheme may be considered for a Wellcome-Beit Prize Fellowship. These are intended to provide additional recognition for outstanding biomedical researchers who have been awarded Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowships.

Eligibility

You should have a relevant connection to the European Economic Area.

You are expected to have science or mathematical qualifications and, at the final decision point (i.e. at interview), should be no more than seven years from the date of your PhD viva.

Please note that if you hold an established post you are not eligible to apply for a fellowship to be held at your current employing organisation. However, in exceptional circumstances we are willing to consider a preliminary application if you wish to move organisation and are able to make a strong scientific justification for the move. Please contact the Trust for advice (see ‘Contacts’).

Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration (e.g. time away due to personal reasons such as maternity, paternity, adoption leave or other caring responsibilities; ill-health or working in a non-research environment/role such as industry).

Where applicants have taken formal maternity, paternity or adoption leave as the primary carer (either the mother, father, partner or adopter), the Trust will allow an additional six months for each period of parental leave when assessing eligibility. Each case will be considered individually and the employing institution may need to confirm that the applicant qualifies for this provision.

You must have made intellectual contributions to research that have been published in leading journals, and be able to demonstrate your potential to carry out independent research.

The proposed research should fall within our normal funding remit.

Resubmissions are not normally encouraged. If your application has been unsuccessful, please contact the Office for advice.

Sponsorship

You must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and an eligible sponsor who can guarantee space and resources for the tenure of any award.

If you propose to undertake fieldwork or research in a low- or middle-income country, you may require an additional sponsor in your overseas institution.

The host institution sponsor:

  • must have a contract of employment with the institution with tenure beyond the duration of the proposed fellowship
  • should give an undertaking that if an award is made, you will be granted the status and prerogatives of other academic staff of similar seniority
  • should not expect you to spend more than eight hours per week on activities unrelated to the fellowship (e.g. teaching duties).

Sponsors are encouraged to view their support and mentorship of you as part of a longer-term commitment to help you realise your career aspirations in research.

Sponsors are advised to read all the scheme information provided here.

More information about these roles can be found on the Glossary page.

Application process

You should complete and submit a preliminary application form [Word 260KB] by the published deadline. The requested accompanying information should be included in the same form and emailed as a single Word or PDF document to sciencegrants@wellcome.ac.uk. You can send letters of support separately, but these should reach the Trust by the deadline and clearly state which application they are associated with.

Completed forms will normally be assessed within three weeks of the preliminary deadline.

If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Full applications will be considered twice a year by the Expert Review Group most appropriate to the subject of the proposed research.

If your full application is successful, you will be shortlisted for interview, to be conducted in London.

You will be notified two weeks before the interview date as to whether you have been shortlisted.

Awards will be conditional upon a satisfactory performance at interview.

Successful candidates for this scheme may be considered for a Wellcome-Beit Prize Fellowship. These are intended to provide additional recognition for outstanding biomedical researchers who have been awarded Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowships.

Application advice

Reviewers typically assess:

  • the calibre of the candidate
  • the scientific merit of the proposed project
  • the significance of the research
  • the suitability of the sponsor and host environment for the candidate's development as an independent researcher.

You are expected to write your own application for support of an independent project, which should normally be hypothesis-driven.

Candidates are not expected to move organisation in order to apply for this fellowship. However, a strong justification must be provided where you have been at the proposed host organisation for longer than two years and consideration should be given on how you will be able to establish and/or demonstrate your independence.

You should give careful thought to the choice of sponsor and host department/research location. Sponsors are encouraged to view their support and mentorship of you as part of a longer-term commitment to help you realise your career aspirations in research.

You may not apply for more than one Wellcome Trust fellowship scheme at any one time.

Resubmissions are not normally encouraged. If your application has been unsuccessful, please contact the Office for advice.

Please refer to the Application information pages for more advice about applying for a grant.

Fellowships must be taken up within one year of award.

Successful applicants may have the opportunity to apply for Enhancement funding.

Deadlines

Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year. Details of the next round:

  • Preliminary application deadline: 17 April 2015 (5pm)
  • Invited full application deadline: 19 June 2015 (5pm)
  • Shortlisted candidate interviews: 21-23 October 2015

Schedule for preliminary applications submitted to 21 November 2014 deadline:

  • Invited full application deadline: 30 January 2015 (5pm)
  • Shortlisted candidate interviews: 27-29 May 2015

Late applications will not be accepted at any stage.

Current award holders

A full list of Research Career Development Fellows is available.

Contacts

Enquiries may be emailed to sciencegrants@wellcome.ac.uk or telephone the Grants Information Desk: +44 (0)20 7611 5757.

See Contact us for our postal address.

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