Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine for Researchers from Developing Countries

Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Course(s) Offered: Public health, Tropical medicine & related fields
Course Level: Graduate (fellowships, research)
Provider: Wellcome Foundation
Country to Study in: Any low/middle-income country

Scholarship Description
The Senior Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine supports outstanding researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators at academic institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

This fellowship is the most senior of a series of career awards aimed at building sustainable capacity in areas of research that have the potential for increasing health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries.

This scheme may be of particular interest if you're an intermediate career fellow (such as an Intermediate Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine) and this fellowship is the next step in your career as a research scientist. Research projects should be aimed at understanding and controlling diseases (either human or animal) of relevance to local, national or global health.

You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine if you:
  • are a national of a low- or middle-income country
  • have a PhD or a degree in medicine and are qualified to enter higher specialist clinical training
  • have five to twelve years of postdoctoral research experience.
If you don't have a PhD or a degree in medicine, you may still be considered if you have a first or a Master's degree and can show substantial research experience.

You must also:
  • have made significant progress towards establishing yourself as an independent investigator
  • have a strong track record in your area of research
  • have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country
  • have a research proposal that is within our public health and tropical medicine remit.
If you've been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), the Wellcome Foundation will allow for this when your application is considered. If you've taken formal maternity, paternity or adoption leave as the primary carer, or long-term sick leave, we’ll allow an extra six months for each period of leave when we consider your postdoctoral experience.

Selection criteria:
Wellcome particularly encourages applications from researchers from low- and middle-income countries who want to return to their home countries.

When Wellcome looks at your application, it'll assess:
  • your track record
  • the quality and importance of your research question(s)
  • your approach to solving these questions
  • the suitability of your research environment.
Eligible groups
Citizens of low- and middle-income countries. See the complete World Bank list of such countries

Participating Institutions
You must be based at an eligible host organisation in a low- or middle-income country that will administer your fellowship for the full duration of the award. This can be at a not-for-profit organisation that Wellcome has checked for eligibility and that has signed up to Wellcome's grant conditions.

You should give careful thought to your choice of sponsor. Your sponsor’s support and mentorship should be part of a longer-term commitment to help you achieve your career aspirations.

Fields of study
Your research proposal should focus on one of the areas within Wellcome's public health and tropical medicine remit (see more on this here). Research can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but we don't normally consider projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models.

Sponsorship duration
Up to five (5) years in the first instance. You can apply for renewal after this time

Scholarship benefits
The support includes a basic salary, personal removal expenses (if you have to move to take up your post) and research expenses (staff, materials and consumables, animals, equipment, access charge, research management and support costs, travel and subsistence, overseas allowance, fieldwork expenses, inflation expenses, publication costs, clinical research costs and other costs).

You can apply for an International Recruitment Supplement (if you're being recruited from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland) and public engagement funds (to involve the public in your research and inspire learning)

After completing a year of this fellowship, you can apply for enhancement funds (to allow you to explore new opportunities or paths of discovery, or support unanticipated costs).

Method of Application
You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT) via the official website. The application process may take up to four months to complete, from receipt of the main application, and consists of the following 5 stages: preliminary application submission, full application submission, scientific review and shortlisting, external peer review AND interview.

It is important to visit the official website for complete information on this fellowship award, and also to start your online applications.

Applications are now considered three times a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. The Wellcome Foundation doesn't accept late applications.

For the March 2018 round, the full application deadline is 5pm, 12 March 2018. For the July 2018 round, full application deadline is 5pm, 24 July 2018. For the November 2018 rounds, full application deadline is 5pm, 12 November 2018

Invitations to complete a main application form will usually be sent to candidates within one month of the preliminary application deadline.

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. It is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. Wellcome supports scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate.

Application Deadline: 24 Jul / 12 Nov 2018
Open to International applicants: Yes

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