Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships
Applications now open
Now in their third year, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships aim to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science.
The Engagement Fellowships champion the leaders of tomorrow by fostering the most promising upcoming talent of today. We are looking for people with a strong track record of engaging the public with ideas around biomedical science and/or medical humanities, looking to make a step-change in their careers.
We will provide the freedom, resources and environment to enable exceptional individuals to develop their skills and practice in encouraging the public to examine, explore and debate the big scientific challenges that society faces.
Engagement Fellowships are open to individuals with a proven track record of delivering (rather than facilitating) high-quality public engagement and aim to propel Fellows to become leaders in the field of public engagement with science in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland.
Applications are welcome from professional science communicators, research scientists, medical historians, clinicians or professionals working in the arts. Applicants may or may not be currently affiliated to or employed by a UK academic institution. In those cases where they are, however, applicants may be asked to demonstrate how they will help to further embed public engagement as a core activity within their home institution on their return.
We want to:
- accelerate and enhance the careers of talented people, propelling them to become the public engagement leaders of tomorrow
- enable Fellows to investigate and shape best practice in public engagement
- raise the profile and prestige of public engagement in both the Fellow's field of work and the biomedical sciences more widely
- foster a network of influential public engagement ambassadors within biomedical science.
What we offer
We provide Fellows with financial support for up to two years, covering:
- salary or salary buyout (on a full- or part-time basis)
- project costs
- training, where appropriate
- if desired, access to office space and facilities at the Wellcome Trust for the duration of the Fellowship, as well as membership of the Wellcome Collection club, Henry's
- where appropriate, opportunities to work with Wellcome Trust staff to develop project ideas.
In 2014, Fellowships will be awarded via a three-stage process. The preliminary application deadline is 21 February 2014. The 2015 preliminary application deadline will be announced in late summer/early autumn.
We will assess preliminary applications and, by late March, invite successful applicants to submit a full application. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview on 25 June 2014.
Preliminary applications should be made in writing (preferably submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org), and must include:
- a statement from the applicant of no more than 200 words about what they would do with an Engagement Fellowship
- a CV from the applicant of no more than 2 sides of A4 (Arial 11 or similar)
- a reference, from either an academic nominator affiliated to a university in the UK or Republic of Ireland or from an employer, of no more than 1 side of A4 including:
- how long and in what capacity they have known the candidate (referees are expected to have known the candidate for at least two years)
- a statement on what they consider to be the candidate's outstanding characteristics that would make them suitable for the Fellowship
- a statement on what they think the candidate would gain from the Fellowship, in particular how it would influence their position in the public engagement community.
- have at least three years' experience (full- or part-time) engaging the public with science
- be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships
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London NW1 2BE, UK
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