This scheme is for individuals not yet in established academic posts, who wish to undertake a period of postdoctoral research.
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of research on the social and ethical aspects of biomedicine and healthcare, Research Fellowships may provide postdoctoral researchers with support to enable them to obtain research training, either in a new discipline or in a new aspect of their own field, e.g. a humanities scholar who wishes to be trained in social science.
In such cases, the requested training must form a substantial component of the proposed research and should not normally be available via the standard funding routes, e.g. by learning new skills as a postdoctoral researcher on a project grant. The requested training should also include methodologies and skills that are new to the applicant.
Research training provision can include participation in taught courses, and periods spent in other research groups gaining practical, technical or other skills for introduction to the sponsor's or individual's own group.
The maximum duration is three years. An award will not normally exceed £250 000, exclusive of any standard Wellcome Trust allowances.
The awards are full-time but can, in exceptional circumstances, be tenable on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this.
Fellowships provide a salary, plus appropriate employer's contributions.
Essential research expenses, including travel and fieldwork, are available, as is a set amount for travel to conferences, seminars and other meetings of a scholarly nature.
As a condition of the award, we may stipulate that the grantholder attends specific workshops or summer schools in relevant research methods.
You are eligible to apply if you are a postdoctoral scholar who is not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post. Fellowships must be held at a UK, Irish or low- or middle-income country institution.
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.
The scheme is aimed at people who intend to pursue a long-term academic career exploring the ethical or social aspects of biomedical research or health interventions. The application must be sponsored by an established (and normally senior) member of the department in which the award is to be held.
Preliminary applications should be made in writing (preferably submitted by email) and should include:
- your name and contact details
- your CV, including publication list
- your sponsor's name and contact details
- the title and a brief outline (one page maximum) of the project, including a short research plan and a description of the proposed methodology
- approximate costs
- a letter of support from the head of department.
Preliminary applications are reviewed to check that they are eligible, fit the Trust's funding remit and are generally competitive. Applicants who pass this review will be invited to submit a full application.
Applications are considered twice a year.
Preliminary application deadlines are 20 June and 3 December.
The full application deadline will be between six weeks and two months after the preliminary application deadline. We aim to advise all applicants whether they have been invited to submit full applications within two weeks of the preliminary application deadline.
Grants Section (Society and Ethics)
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK
T +44 (0)20 7611 8893