About Engagement Fellowships
Engagement Fellowships support and develop the careers of emerging leaders in public engagement.
We’re looking for people with:
- a vision for the future
- leadership potential.
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 with science
- encourage a network of influential public engagement ambassadors.
What we offer
An Engagement Fellowship is for up to two years, or you can hold it part time over a longer period. The support includes:
- salary or salary buyout (on a full- or part-time basis)
- project costs
- training, where appropriate
- access to meeting space and facilities at the Wellcome Trust for the duration of the fellowship
- desk space within The Hub, in Wellcome Collection
- opportunities to work with Wellcome Trust staff to develop project ideas, where appropriate
- a fellowship support programme, including facilitated progress meetings, Senior Management support meetings and career coaching
Left to right: Bella Startling, Delia Muir and Steve Cross.
2015 Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellows.
Engagement Fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including:
- professional science communicators
- academics exploring health and wellbeing (eg, biomedical or social scientists and medical historians)
- clinicians or healthcare professionals
- professionals working in the arts.
- You can apply for an Engagement Fellowship if you have at least three years’ experience of engaging the public with ideas around health and wellbeing.
- You should be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
- If you’re affiliated to, or employed by, a UK academic organisation, and plan to remain so during and after your fellowship, you may be asked to demonstrate how you will help to further embed public engagement as a core activity within your home institution on your return.
How to apply
1) Submit your preliminary application
Complete an application form via the Trust’s WT Grant Tracker online application system and submit it before the published deadline.
How to submit your application
You have two submission options which are managed through questions on the application form:
If no one in your organisation needs to approve the form, you can submit the application directly; once you have validated your form and selected Submit, the form will be submitted straight to the Trust.
You can nominate an approver in your organisation (e.g. a director) that can approve and submit the application to the Trust. The authorised approver has to accept the role and may need to register if they are a new user, or log into the Portal if they are an existing user. An email will inform them that you have submitted an application to them for approval. Once reviewed, they can approve and submit the application to the Trust.
2) Review and longlisting
Preliminary applications will be assessed by a panel of Wellcome Trust staff and if long-listed we’ll ask you to submit a full application.
3) Submit your full application
View a sample full application form.
4) Review and shortlisting
Full applications will be assessed by a panel of Wellcome Trust staff and the Chair of the Interview Committee. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.
Applicants will be expected to give a short presentation followed by questions from the Interview Committee.
Deadlines and contacts
Applications will be considered once a year. The next preliminary application deadline is 12 February 2016.
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 20 July 2016.
The deadline for preliminary applications in 2017 will be 20 February.
Contact us at:
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK
T +44 (0)20 7611 5757
Steve Cross, Engagement Practitioner and Comedian
Delia Muir, Academic and Theatre Practitioner
Alex Julyan, Visual Artist and Producer
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