About Engagement Fellowships
Engagement Fellowships aim to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science.
Engagement Fellowships champion the leaders of tomorrow by fostering the most promising developing talent. We are looking for individuals with a strong track record of engaging the public with ideas around biomedical science and/or medical humanities, who want to make a step-change in their careers.
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 both in the Fellow’s field of work and in the biomedical sciences more widely
- foster a network of influential public engagement ambassadors within biomedical science
- financial support for up to two years, covering salary or salary buyout (on a full- or part-time basis)
- project costs
- training, where appropriate
- 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
- opportunities to work with Wellcome Trust staff to develop project ideas, where appropriate
Left to right: Alex Julyan, Brian Lobel and Dan Bird.
2014 Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellows.
Engagement Fellowships are open to individuals with a proven track record of delivering (rather than facilitating) high-quality public engagement and with potential 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.
- 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
How to apply
You should make preliminary applications in writing (preferably submitted by email to PEgrants@wellcome.ac.uk) and as a single Word or PDF document. This must include:
A statement from the applicant of no more than 200 words about what they would do with a Engagement Fellowship
A CV from the applicant of no more than two sides of A4 (Arial 11 point 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 one side of A4, including:
- how long and in what capacity the referee has known the applicant (at least two years is expected
- a statement on what the referee considers to be the applicant’s outstanding characteristics that would make them suitable for the Fellowship
- a statement on what the referee thinks the applicant would gain from the Fellowship, in particular how it would influence their position in the public engagement community.
Deadlines and contacts
Applications will be considered once a year. The 2015 preliminary application deadline was 13 February 2015.
We will assess preliminary applications by late March and invite successful applicants to submit a full application.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview on 14 July 2015.
This website will be updated with information on the 2016 round of applications, as soon as it is avaliable.
Contact us at:
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK
T +44 (0)20 7611 5757
Alex Julyan, Visual Artist and Producer
Brian Lobel, Performance Artist
Dan Bird, Engineer
Greg Foot, science presenter
Lavinia Greenlaw, poet
Alasdair Hopwood, artist
Dr Erinma Ochu, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester
Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London
Richard Barnett, historian and Sick City Project
Kevin Fong, Consultant Anaesthetist at University College London Hospital and TV presenter