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Research Fellowships

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Purpose

This scheme supports humanities and social science scholars at all stages of their career but not in an established academic post, who wish to undertake a period of research in any area of human and animal health.

Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career in the field.

What's included

The maximum duration is three years full-time equivalent.

The awards are full-time but may be awarded on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this.

Fellowships provide research expenses and a salary, plus appropriate employer's contributions.

Provision for public engagement costs

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are a postdoctoral scholar not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post (employment on a rolling contract is regarded as tantamount to holding an established post), wishing to carry out an extended period of research on a specific project.

You will also be expected to have been awarded your PhD before you are eligible to apply. Applications from candidates who are still awaiting their viva by the time of the full application will not normally be accepted.

Your application must be sponsored by an established and normally senior member of the department, unit or institute in which the award is to be held.

Applicants must be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country.

Application process

We have launched a new grants system – WT Grant Tracker – to replace eGrants, our current electronic application system.

Please contact us before you make an application if you have any questions.

If you plan to submit a preliminary application to the 22 January 2016 deadline, please read about our new system before you apply. We will update this webpage when the application form is available in WT Grant Tracker.

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

Full applications are considered by either the Medical Humanities or Society and Ethics Expert Review Group, depending on the area of the proposed research.

If your full application is successful, you will be shortlisted for interview.

Deadlines

We have launched a new grants system – WT Grant Tracker – to replace eGrants, our former electronic application system.

If you plan to submit a preliminary application to the 22 January 2016 deadline, please read about our new system before you apply. We will update this webpage when the application form is available in WT Grant Tracker.

If you intend to submit a full application to the 25 September 2015 deadline, you will be invited to complete an application form in WT Grant Tracker. You should only complete a full application form if we have invited you to; any full applications submitted without being invited will not be accepted. Please do not use eGrants to complete an application form.

A preliminary application must be submitted before a full application is invited.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

2015 deadlines

January round (closed)

  • 23 January 2015: closing date for preliminary applications
  • 2 April 2015: closing date for full applications

The schedule for full applications received by 2 April 2015 closing date is as follows:

  • May 2015: shortlisting
  • July 2015: interviews

July round (closed)

  • 10 July 2015: closing date for preliminary applications
  • 25 September 2015: closing date for full applications

The schedule for full applications received by the September 2015 closing date is as follows:

  • November 2015: shortlisting
  • January 2016: interviews

2016 deadlines

January round

  • 22 January 2016: closing date for preliminary applications
  • 30 March 2016: closing date for full applications

The schedule for full applications received by 30 March 2016 closing date is as follows:

  • May 2016: shortlisting
  • July 2016: interviews

July round

  • Dates to be confirmed

Contacts

Grants Section – Humanities and Social Science
Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK

T +44 (0)20 7611 5757
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HSSgrants@wellcome.ac.uk

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888