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Research Fellowships

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This scheme supports individuals at all stages of their career not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research.

Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career as a specialist in medical humanities.

What's included

The maximum duration is three years.

The awards are full-time but can be tenable 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.

Research expenses include travel to libraries and archives or overseas fieldwork, and a set amount for travel to conferences, seminars and other meetings of a scholarly nature.

Provision for public engagement costs


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 the UK or Republic of Ireland in which the award is to be held.

Application process

You should make preliminary applications in writing (preferably submitted by email to MHgrants@wellcome.ac.uk) and as a single Word or PDF document. This must include:

  • a brief CV and full publication list
  • a letter of support from the head of department in which you will be working (this can be submitted directly to MHgrants@wellcome.ac.uk)
  • the approximate cost of the proposal, broken down into equipment and project running expenses.

Please also submit a maximum one page (Arial 11 or similar) in which you describe your proposed project. In addition to elaborating your research questions, you should also consider the following points:

  • How does this research advance the field? Why is it important?
  • What sources do you intend to consult and how will they help answer your research questions? Please give an indicative list of archives or secondary material.

If your preliminary application is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. A sample application form can be downloaded/printed from eGrants.

Full applications are be considered by the Medical Humanities Expert Review Group.

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


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

2015 deadlines

January round

  • 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

  • July 2015: closing date for preliminary applications (exact date tbc)
  • September 2015: closing date for full applications (exact date tbc)

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

  • November 2015: shortlisting
  • January 2016: interviews

We aim to advise all applicants whether they have been invited to submit full applications within three weeks of the preliminary application deadline.


Grants Section - Medical Humanities
Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK

T +44 (0)20 7611 5757

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